I posted a blog awhile ago about blinding destructive ideologies. Today my thoughts have been drawn to how ideologies so often(if not always) are what causes the formation of tribes/collectives that then become so focused on survival. All human ideologies fuel the ever present dynamic of fear that grips the fallen mind. Everyone "else" is seen as a threat to one's own "self" and tribe and corresponding ideologies.
Jesus lived so free of this human dynamic which allowed him to cross all human ideological boundaries and see the "individual" and the uniqueness of that individuals prison. Jesus came to set the captives "individuals" free, not collective wholes. Collective wholes are trapped in blinding ideologies and are committed to hanging onto individuals through the exploitation of "the fear of the "other"."
I love how Jacques Ellul describes the outworking of faith :
"Faith isolates; belief (Christian or otherwise) brings together. We find ourselves joined with others in the same institutional current, all of us oriented toward the same object of belief, sharing the same ideas, following the same rituals, enrolled in the same organization, be it social or religious, speaking the same language. Belief is quite useful for the smooth functioning of society. Belief is the key to the consensus we look for, the one long proclaimed essential of communal life. Faith works in exactly the opposite way. Faith individualizes; it is always an exclusively personal matter. Faith is the personal relationship with a God who reveals Himself as a person. This God singularizes people, sets them apart, and confers on each an identity comparable to none other. The person who listens to His word is the only one to hear it; he or she is separated from the others, becomes unique, simply because the tie that binds that individual to God is unique, unlike any other, incommunicable, a unique relationship with a unique, absolutely incomparable God. God particularizes, singularizes the person to whom He says, "I call you by your name" (Isa. 45:4). Faith separates people and makes each of them unique. In the Bible "holy" means "separated". To be holy is to be separated from everyone else, to be made unique for the sake of a task that can be accomplished by no one else, which one receives through faith."
In the freedom the individual finds in his/her response to the invitation to come out of the old and to step into the new, (as an individual) where Jesus is, I believe enables that person to see beyond the many collectives that exist so they can see the uniqueness of each and every individual (as Jesus does) so as to engage with them based upon the worth that Father places on that individual, instead of writing them off based upon the ideologies of their tribe.
"It's for freedom that Christ has set you free"