Monday, March 13, 2017

Yes, We Are Our Brothers' and Sisters' Keepers

Remember: It was Cain (a murderer) who replied to God, when asked where Abel was, "Am I my brother's keeper?" 

There are hundreds of verses and passages throughout the Bible (and other religious texts) that say, quite explicitly, that we are our brothers' and sisters' keepers in some way and to some extent. 

It is the determination of the way and the extent where there can be reasonable discussion and disagreement. (For Mormons, however, King Benjamin's sermon sets an incredibly high bar for refusal.) For Christians to deny their responsibility to help "keep" God's children (any of them), at all or minimally, however, is a direct denial of the ministry and teachings of Jesus, of Nazareth. 

Quoting Cain in doing so is the height of irony.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This would be an interesting addition in lessons where we talk about helping "the poor", & the comments turn to "never giving money to the beggars in the street", as if those are the only poor on the face of the planet. I think referencing the "Am I my brother's keeper" as a quote from Cain is very powerful, & might change some hearts. - M