Fellowship v Family.
Community v Clan.
Is there a difference? Is one better than the other?
Often, our perception can be influenced either subtly or dramatically by word choice. The words we say, or the words we hear, can convey particular messages that strengthen or even weaken, what we are trying to communicate.
In an effort to really focus on the patriarchal tribal family aspect of kol Israel, I’m altering my vocabulary and ask that you do too!!
|Former Word||Better Word||Why|
|Family||In ancient Israel, everything was built around family. Because property could not be sold outside of a family, the family always stayed on their inheritance, building and growing the local farm, economy, and family.|
|Clan||Families stayed on the same property for centuries. Larger family units were clans, and family/clan loyalty was super important.|
I believe there are other words we need to specifically think about and how they impact our relationship to each other. Words like ‘fellowship’ and ‘community’ imply some sort of connection between us as the house of Jacob, but they pale in comparison to the clear relational connection made with ‘family,’ ‘clan,’ and ‘tribe.’
What do you think? Are these words that draw us closer together? Do they convey concepts that we need to highlight and build on?