I remember the first time I disobeyed a posted sign. I felt like such a rebel.
Signs are really powerful for us. But the signs I want to talk about today aren’t the flat signs with words and warnings printed on them.
I want to talk about the kinds of signs we look for, and listen for, that let us know if someone else is a part of our tribe, or not.
Like the way people dress.
There are all kinds of signs that are indicators, that create an in-group and an out-group. There are all kinds of signs that say, “You’re either with us, or you’re against us. And they’re not always physical signs.
The way we dress, or talk, what we talk about, who we listen to, who we hate…all of these things are signs that say what group we belong to. All of these things are signs that tell us who we are.
Signs and the belonging they signify are powerful, so powerful that they short-circuit our ability to reason and they short circuit our faith. Signs pre-determine what we believe to be true.