My Brother's Keeper
In the relationship of the first brothers in scripture, Cain and Abel, a lie from the enemy (Satan) was perpetuated and subsequently has been accepted by many believers. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Genesis 4:9. The question posed to God by Cain attempts to deny his responsibility as the older brother to look after his younger brother’s well being. In truth, Cain has not looked after his brother’s well being, but is also guilty of murdering him. When there is a newly birthed individual added to the family, the parents are responsible for the infant's care. In addition, the older sibling(s) share in the responsibility. Therefore, the entire family is accountable for the infant's well being and development.
So often in the Church there is a lack of understanding concerning the role we play in one another’s lives. We take the attitude or disposition of Cain (neglect, denial of responsibility and murder/hate). We believe there is no relation. The reality is that the degree of our relationship is rooted within the Spirit. We are Spirit and blood related as brothers and sisters. We are born of the same Spirit and washed through the blood of Jesus. The same Father has seeded us and our relation exceeds the natural because it is divine and spiritual. There is no closer relation. We are brothers and sisters and we must understand that we are all accountable to God our Father for one anothers well being. The truth is we are our brother’s keeper.