Wandering Nomads

Hebrews 11:13-16

…admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.  People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own.  If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return.  Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one…”

Throughout the scriptures, historical texts and holy books of various different religions across the world we find stories of bravery, faith, devotion and selflessness.  These individuals choose to go against the grain of the societies they lived in because they had their eyes set on something greater and far superior than what their current dimension of reality offered them.  In the Hebraic book of Hebrews we read specifically in chapter eleven of stories of men standing in fire, armies being conquered, dead bodies being raised to life, lions mouths being shut and weakness being transformed into strength in the face of overwhelming circumstances.   During the time the author wrote this biblical account the Roman Empire was at the height and peak of it’s glory and greatness.  From the frozen northern wilderness of Britannia, to the sands of North Africa extending all the way into the heart of the former Persian empire Rome was master of the world.  Within the Roman Empire there were many people groups or factions you could call them.  There were intellectual Greek scholars who were learned and possessed deep knowledge, the Romans of course who were people of war and conquest, the Jews who were religiously devout and took pride in keeping the Sabbath laws intact and living lives of prayer and dedication to God and the barbarians some loyal to Rome and some not who lived in the uncharted territories beyond the borders of Rome who pillaged, looted and looked for any opportunity to scavenge anything of value from the Roman empire.   Finally though there was one category that stood above the rest…that many knew of but few were willing to pay the price for…and that was the FACTIONLESS!   Those who were bound to no rules or had made oaths to any kingdom man had ever established or manmade gods that man had preached about…these were the misfits of society, those who were branded as rebels by kings, who were frowned upon by their neighbours and persecuted by their enemies.   These people were ones who carried a different spirit…you could call them divergents.   They believed that their time in life was designed and given to them by their Creator to fulfill their destiny but that there was a great prize beyond the curtain of the earth…and that place was heaven.

Refusing to Clone

Romans 12:2 

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. …”

So few movies have ever moved me or been as amazing as the one I saw last week.   The movie “Divergent” I have already seen not once but twice in a week and that is because of it’s outstanding message about being one of a different spirit (one who refuses to conform to a crowd mentality).   In the film the main character is faced with having to choose a faction to belong to and there are many choices….I won’t play spoiler and tell you which one she chose…but I will share some advice she was given by her closest friend in the movie about what he desired.

He says to her:  I don’t want to be just one thing. I can’t be. I want to be brave, and I want to be selfless, intelligent, and honest and kind.”  

Truly this desire is what it means to be factionless…not fitting into any one specific category but being a hybrid combination with all virutes flowing equally out to everything around you.  Our culture today pressures us so heavily to follow this political party, this fad or that, this click or that but ultimately what makes the world a better place is when one more individual is willing to stand against the grain and declare themself factionless, a stranger to the earth, a citizen of heaven one who belongs to a different empire…a different reality.

“If you wait for opportunities to occur,  you will be one of the crowd.”

– Edward De Bono

Blood before Faction

In “Divergent” there is a saying that many of the characters echo and deeply believe in and that is “faction before blood.” meaning you choose your faction that you truly belong to even if it costs you your family.   While this is necessary sometimes in life for us to make decisions that affect our families and they aren’t always going to come across as the most popular it certainly doesn’t add up as a rule as a whole.   The ancient Hebrews believed in I AM who was the God of generations the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.   Our society today strongly encourages the belief that somehow when you reach a certain age you become your own person and thus don’t need your family and can say screw it I’m going to become a man or woman now and grow up and do what I want to do and when I need you i’ll call you otherwise leave me alone.  Something along those lines.  This is a completely upside down view of what family should look like.   Family is your blood family as well as your most loyal friends who won’t care if you declare yourself factionless for they truly will as well if they are family to you…

As a wise person once said.  “Family isn’t just about whose blood runs through your veins. It’s about who never left your side, stood up for you and believed in you.”

Therefore I must say it is more accurate to promote blood before faction!

“The future belongs to those who know where they belong.”   Divergent 

If there is one thing I can encourage you in today dear reader and friend it is to know that we don’t belong here on earth…it’s but an exam all of us must take and eventually in time pass so that we may graduate into our post secondary existence.   So if you feel factionless lift up your head today and know that you weren’t born by mistake…you were born to belong to something greater.


Please comment below or message me privately if you want to chat about this further.  I want to engage in dialogue.  Please comment below and leave your thoughts!  🙂

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