“The bulldog-ant of Australia if it is cut in two, a battle begins between the head and the tail. The head seizes the tail in its teeth, and the tail defends itself bravely by stinging the head: the battle may last for half an hour, until they die or are dragged away by other ants.”~Wiki
I first heard about the bulldog-ant on National Public Radio. I was fascinated with the distinctiveness of this creature. I am sure those in Australia will testify to the impact of an ant with such a furious desire to live. It made me think about myself and others. Do we as humans have such a strong desire to live as the bulldog-ant? I think mostly so.
I was commenting about this ant on facebook and a friend asked the question if this desire for survival is typified in the local church over some divisive issue. I think it is a point well worth making. Churches tend to get set in their ways and there are some people inclined to change while others will die before change can occur.
In the meantime, the activity between the two factions resemble this ant quite elegantly. The body splits. The head bites its’ backside and the stinger stings the head. Death is the predictable result….
All this happens in the name of God. Where did we as children of the Father go wrong in our passions? There is but one answer. We took our eyes off the one that died for us, such that we might have life. Jesus.
Father. Forgive us for our self-centered natures…