Tribes

I recently read through Seth Godin’s book Tribes and absolutely loved it. Whenever I read his books or his blog I always feel energized to take on the world. One of his themes that stood out to me was his use of the word “faith.” While it is quite a bit different than what we are seeing in my series on faith—there is nonetheless intriguing overlap.

“…the only thing holding you back from becoming the kind of person who changes things is this: lack of faith. Faith that you can do it. Faith that it’s worth doing. Faith that failure won’t destroy you. Our culture works hard to prevent change. We have long had systems and organizations and standards designed to dissuade people from challenging the status quo. We enforce our systems and call whoever is crazy enough to challenge them a heretic.”

“What’s hard now is breaking the rules. What’s hard is finding the faith to become a heretic, to seek out an innovation and then, int he face of huge amounts of resistance, to lead a team and to push the innovation out the door into the world.”

Clearly, he’s using religious trigger words outside of a theological discussion. Maybe it’s just me, but I absolutely love the phrase “finding the faith to become a heretic.” I guess I never fit in well with the status quo.

The world needs more of these types of heretics.

What’s your reaction to this type of “heresy”?

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Jeremy Jernigan

This is the personal blog of Jeremy Jernigan husband, father, executive pastor, and student of truth

10 Comments

Steve

about 2 years ago

I like the post Jeremy, I agree that the world needs more of these types of heretics. I think it urges us to live a life not bound by the status quo of the world and when we do I feel God reveals himself to us more frequently.

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jeremy

about 2 years ago

Absolutely Steve!

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April Welch

about 2 years ago

Jeremy, Become a heretic... That's Bri and I our life long passion!!!! :)

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Brian Welch

about 2 years ago

Sounds like a great book. Personally, I am a Christian before I'm an American if the choice ever needed to be made.

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peter vargas

about 2 years ago

"The world needs more of these types of heretics." Maybe the world does, but the church certainly doesn't. The definition of heretic is: a believer who maintains religious opinions contrary to those accepted by his or her church or rejects doctrines prescribed by that church. By definition, a caring shepherd can't be a heretic.

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jeremy

about 2 years ago

Peter, you may need to reread the post. It sounds like you missed this line: "Clearly, he’s using religious trigger words outside of a theological discussion."

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Robert

about 2 years ago

like.

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peter vargas

about 2 years ago

I didn't miss the line. You asked what's our reaction to this type of heresy and my reaction is heresy - by definition - can't exist outside of religion. As a pastor, I find it curious that you are so stimulated by the phrase - finding the faith to become a heretic. This type of language is quite provocative. Perhaps you would serve your readers well if you would define what status quo you never seemed to fit in with.

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Brian Welch

about 2 years ago

Paul was accused of being a heretic by the religious leaders, Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me. But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets: (Acts 24:13, 14 KJV) so it would depend on the audience. Jesus himself was accused of speaking Blasphemy. So if being true to God equates me a heretic with the scribes and pharisees than that would be the stand I would take.

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peter vargas

about 2 years ago

Still waiting for the status quo clarification.

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