Survival of the Fittest

The lion had been the undisputed king of the beasts. No one dared say otherwise. He had it all -- the survival of the fittest. He was at the top of this social order, right or wrong. He was known as a "have."

Eventually, an undercurrent of grumbling began among some of the less fortunate beasts. Let's call them the "have-nots." A panel of five animals elected themselves as a committee to dispute the old social order. This panel consisted of a giraffe, a sheep, an antelope, a zebra, and a dove. The panel decided that "survival of the fittest" was not the way it was going to be. A new social order was in the making. They discussed how peace could be achieved by suggesting that one law could be passed, forbidding the eating of meat.

A campaign was now underway to pass the new law. Slogans and songs were composed. Rallies were scheduled often at the water holes, farms, forest clearings -- anywhere meetings could be conveniently held.

Now one characteristic of the lion which was most unfortunate, was his indifference. He was at ease, complacent. He paid no attention to his rights to air his opinion. His days were filled with eating, drinking, and resting ... mostly resting.

Time passed by. Systematically, legally, it happened. The have-nots finally were to have all. The law was passed. No meat allowed. Only grass and other plant products were to be eaten. There was now no alternative. Life became a nightmare for carnivores, as they struggled with the new substances.

Could a social order be designed to accommodate everyone's needs equally?

Didn't it say somewhere in the Bible (Isaiah 65), that the wolf and the lamb will feed together and the lion will eat straw like the ox? How could he change his whole structure?

Of course, animals could never change themselves without the help of the One who created them. And of course, we couldn't give up all of our possessions, opinions, individualism, and self-sovereignty and enter a new social order, either.

Is there mercy for both lions and lambs? How about people who want to change and can't? Can there be a new social order born of a higher wisdom than the strife between the haves and the have-nots? Do you see why creation must groan for that new social order?

Only the One who made Himself a lamb of sacrifice and yet became the Lion of Judah can bring this about -- our Master Yahshua. It will take hands like His to rescue all of us. The new social order requires love, commitment, and vulnerability, all the things we don't have teeth for yet. A caterpillar can't possibly sip flower nectar. A tadpole can't catch flies to eat. So, what must they do to change?

Well, we're getting into the cocoon. We're going to risk it all. We're trusting ourselves to the author of metamorphosis. We're looking forward to the new social order. Can you picture the result?

It is truly amazing to see who can live together now that our Master has a people who are being fashioned by His own hands.

Can it come together? We can see a glimpse of it now. He is beginning to form us! His kingdom. The New Social Order!

The Twelve Tribes is a confederation of twelve self-governing tribes, composed of self-governing communities. We are disciples of the Son of God whose name in Hebrew is Yahshua. We follow the pattern of the early church in Acts 2:44 and 4:32, truly believing everything that is written in the Old and New Covenants of the Bible, and sharing all things in common.

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