Are We Our Brother’s Keeper?

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So many ideas, so many things happening, so many different directions to approach and, yet, so little time to decide betwixt the bunch!

First we have all of the shootings and acts of blatant idiocy and horror.

Then you have all acts of stupidity and acting that they are ALL shrouded in racism and white supremacy.

SCOTUS-2013And now you have opposing decisions from the SCOTUS (i.e., the ACA decision on the 24th and the Gay marriage issue decision on the 26th. Both decisions made with comments made by Chief Justice Roberts. The ACA decision which he promoted, but despite his decision as the majority was a bad one with respect to the constitution; on the other hand, Chief Justice Roberts was a dissenting opinion however the decision was a good one with respect to the constitution, but Roberts opinion was in direct opposition to his opinion in the Burwell case (ACA).

With all of the above things happening, you are forced to answer two very important questions: 1. Are we our brother’s keeper? And, 2. Have we as America followed the path of the Godless nations which God had laid a heavy judgment upon?

Quite honestly, I would have to say Yes and Yes!

my-brothers-keeperWe are our brother’s keepers, but not in a babysitting sense of the meaning. However, we are in the sense of guidance (with respect to the younger generation) and in the sense of friendly nudges and information (with respect to our peers and our older generation.) Our younger generation and our peers are the worst with respect to history and memory of such.  As with anything else in our lives this act will spur on arguments and disagreements, but must be done.  Unfortunately, this also entails the speck1problem that we all have committed sin and are not worthy in God’s eyes to raise the questionable acts of others.  All we can doo is the best we can do knowing full well that we too are sinners in God’s eyes!  Yes, it will be an uphill battle regardless of your view and approach.  Jesus let us know in no uncertain terms, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” (John 8:7)  And the psalmist reminded us, “For in Your sight no one living is righteous.” (Psalm 143:2)  Again, an uphill battle no matter which side of the battle you take.  Also, man has a significant problem with respect to God’s laws versus man’s laws…both of which on the average are consistently and ever increasingly at odds with one another.  Just had a “spirited debate” over that fact with someone whom I count as a dear friend…and yes we are still friends!

but-seek-first-1Consider, for a moment, to leave your worries, concerns, problems, and requests to God and His word.  Seek the wisdom of the Almighty through the Spirit, making your requests known…even though, God knows all of your requests before you do!  Seek out God’s will in your life and in your task.  God gave us both a blessing and a curse, so-to-say, in the way of Freewill.  We can choose to do either right or wrong…how did it work out for mankind when Adam and Eve discovered this inalienable truth?  We have the power and right to do ALL things, but not all things are inherently permitted because to do so may cause another to stumble and sin…and it is we who will answer for that sin!

And I will leave you with this note:

“Do not rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, with all purity.”  ~1Timothy 5:1-2

I hope you found this to be helpful, interesting, a blessing, or perhaps even all three!

May God Richly Bless You All!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

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