We often hear about the "Christian Right," or "Conservative Christians." Yet, if you think about it, Jesus was the original liberal.  He cared about motives more than the deeds themselves (Matthew 23:5 & Mark 12:41-43) and more about compassion than adhering to rules (Luke 6:1-11 & Luke 13:10-17). This blog will reflect liberal Christian values of compassion, tolerance, mercy, charity, a thirst for knowledge & understanding, and, above all, love.

Friday, April 19, 2019

My Brothers' (& Sisters') Keeper

Genesis 4:9 ~ "Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother's keeper?”

My Bible Study is currently studying Genesis. When we got to chapter 4, the question, “Am I my brother's keeper?” bothered me. Then my friend, Kate Jones, posted the graphic to the left on Facebook, and things just coalesced in my mind.

A saying which I really hate is, “Look out for number one.” While we need to make sure we have a roof over our heads and food on the table, the saying implies we can provide for ourselves at the expense of others.

We ARE one another’s keeper. We’re here to help and nurture each other. In Luke 14:12-14 Jesus said, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”

Looking out for number one isn't enough. We're here to look out for each other.

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