‘CHIEFS AND INDIANS’ or, HOW CHRISTIANS MAKE REPEATED MISTAKES

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In the not far distant past, the great spirit began to speak to the Indians in the north, in the Western Coastlands and on the Eastern Flats. Little bands began to meet in their tepees to rediscover their common life in the great spirit and to make deep friendship. They held Pow Wows, spoke wisdom and smoked the pipe of peace. Each group were a band of equal brothers, freely serving and sharing gifts with each other.

After a while each band began to recognise a warrior who seemed to have a deeper knowledge of the great spirit, to whom they would listen with respect or go to for advice and look to for organisation. They decided to give him a feather to wear and he was soon known as “One Feather.” After three moons, One Feather ceased to hunt and fish. The others brought him gifts to sustain him. He told them Great Spirit’s Words, how to plan their lives, how to bring up their children. Some Indians found it more difficult to hear the great spirit for themselves, finding it easier to listen to “One Feather”.

It was not long before a One Feather, with a larger band than most, was given a pony by his people and began to travel. He met with other bands and eventually called a meeting of One Feathers. “We need to get more organised,” he told them, “the present situation is a woolly mess”. One Brave asked, ‘Didn’t the great spirit bring it about himself?’ . ‘Of course,’ replied the Pony Rider, ‘but he has told me that things must change.’

So the One Feathers decided, as leaders, that they themselves should have a leader. So it was that Pony Rider became Little Chief Two Feathers! He had an appropriate head-dress and a special tepee. He would not have time to share with the ‘no-feathers’ now, but would instruct the One Feathers who would pass his teachings down. Some One Feathers now found it more difficult to hear the great spirit for themselves and found it easier to listen to Little Chief Two Feathers.

Some moons later Two Feathers, who now had a horse and travelled more widely, holding many gatherings for the One Feathers, came across others like himself. They met together in solemn conclave and decided that they too must be ‘covered’. (A curious term arising from an ancient writing when a squaw was covered by a famous chief’s blanket!) After some fuss and a lot of Pow Wow, Big Chief Many Feathers was to emerge.

He was given a many-horsed chariot and a team of Two Feathers to travel the country with him, giving input and guidance. Some Two Feathers now found it more difficult to hear the great spirit for themselves and found it easier to listen to Big Chief Many Feathers. Meantime the great spirit began to speak to many ‘no‑feathers’ in the North, in the Coastlands and on the Eastern Flats.

Little bands began to gather in their tepees to share their common life in the Great Spirit and to enter into deep friendship…”

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{Alan Halden, ‘Sarntalk’ (undated) 27 Daggs Dell, Hemel Hempst. {We trust that we offend no one, but isn’t it true of human nature and how people miss the “Priesthood of All Believers” Ed. See 2nd Peter 2)