Obadiah: For The Common Good

Session Date: 
Sunday, August 6, 2017
Speaker: 
Scott Field
Bible Text: 
Obadiah 1: 10-15

People are loyal to their own tribe or social group. It is a dynamic of conformity; there is pressure in the group to conform -- viewed as something very positive and pressure to avoid being like people from another "tribe" -- which is viewed in the negative. In contemporary society this tendency is known as "tribalism". What does this "new tribalism" have to do with God's Word to us through the Prophet Obadiah? 
Obadiah was to deliver God's message to the Edomites that despite the differences and regardless of the history, they were their brothers' keeper. That is, the concerns, needs, and threats against others were part of their concern, too. 
Christians have this already: a love of the Lord, an experience of forgiveness, and gift of reconciliation that sets us up to succeed in the work of bridging the differences as between some of our currently conflicted tribes for the betterment of all.

Obadiah: For The Common Good