CHASE YOUR OWN TAIL THEOLOGY
To chase one’s own tail means to do something futile, being very busy doing something that will not lead to any achievement
This is the type of theological study and research that is spent on things like Jesus’ Sandals. Were they made from the leather of a Goat, Camel, Horse, Cow, Deer, Ape, Antelope or Lion? I say Lion because he was “the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David.” (Revelation 5:5). Next, did his sandals have two straps or one? One, because he said, “I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30) He was into ‘one’ stuff.
Did these scandals have Velcro, Rubber Tire soles, buckles or leather strings to secure them? Probably strings because John said, “But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry.” (Matthew 3:11) I figure he meant carry them by the strings. Did the sandals have a heel cup or were they open heel? That’s enough chasing.
I am certainly not opposed to historic research, anthropology, language study, archeological digs, and scroll research, geological significance or textual criticism or other biblical sciences. I am opposed to the very definition of chasing our tail: to do something futile, be very busy doing something that will not lead to any understanding. Someone who chases their own tail is vigorously doing something that will not lead to any type of success. I suppose I struggle with this kind of chasing if we don’t also chase as much after the presence, voice and friendship of the Lord. I am not saying it is either/or, but it often is.
Perhaps a word from Moses is the best counsel: “If you listen to these commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today, and if you carefully obey them, the Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always be on top and never at the bottom.” (Deuteronomy 28:13) That should stop us from Chasing our Own Tail.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Jesus