On a long bus ride, I had the pleasure of riding next to a friend who is a bird guide. We talked of many things, but one in particular set my mind to thinking. There are many species of vultures here in Ecuador. Our conversation centered on two of those species.
The first is the Red-Headed Vulture. Apparently this vulture doesn’t like to hang out in populated areas. It is a solitary creature that is ever in search of something that is dying or that has already died. The Red-Headed Vulture has poorer vision than the Black Headed Vulture.
The second is the Black-Headed Vulture. The Black-Headed Vulture doesn’t care if an area is populated or not. It hangs out wherever it wants. Because the Black-Headed Vulture covers a wider area, there is generally less to eat and much more competition. The Black-Headed Vulture has excellent vision and can see long distances.
The Black-Headed Vultures have learned that when they see a Red-Headed Vulture in the distance putting its attention towards the ground and beginning t descend that there is potential prey nearby. The Black-Headed Vultures follow the Red-Headed ones and compete for the meal.
Now, I’m not saying that anyone should be a Vulture within the body of Christ, but unfortunately I’ve seen this behavior in the church.
What lessons would you draw from this analogy?