BROTHER-HOOD: So… what is it? Is it a ‘neighborhood of brothers?’ Or, is it like a ‘union?’ Or like the Knights of Columbus, or the Mason’s? The Brothers are not just “blood-brothers”…naw…they’re also co-workers, friends, fathers, brother’s-in-law, neighbors, uncles, and all the Saint’s in Heaven.
We guys….we all belong to a “brother-hood.” Like an ‘association of brothers.’ We are one for all, and all for one. We care…..we Love. Oops…reality check. Is that the way it really works? No… not typically…but it should be, and it can be.
What association of ‘brothers’ are you familiar with that actually ‘look out for one another?’ My experience tells me it would be the State Bar Association of Attorneys. Or, maybe the AMA… American Medical Association. And the Mafia… how about that brotherhood? I’m sure they look out for each other.
God created us to love one-another as we love ourselves. It’s in our DNA. Waiting around for “it” to happen is a waste of time. Just about any group of people who have the same interest at heart… would qualify as a ‘brotherhood.’ Even the Apostles; They should be considered a ‘brotherhood.” And, more personally… my three brothers-in-law… well we, the four of us, who all married sisters… could be considered a ‘brotherhood.’ I know we look out for each other all the time. One for all…. All for one.
It can, and should be, like that everywhere. Even NATO could be considered a ‘brotherhood of countries.” Here in the USA… the ‘brotherhood of FBI agents,’ seem to a CLOSE-KNIT group of people. Or, how about the IRS… WOW. They’re certainly pretty TIGHT. Even… the ‘Boy Scouts.’ Hey, I just about forgot… how about the MEDIA… now, there’s a ‘tight-bunch.” Ok… you got the point.
Now… there is just ‘one other’ brotherhood that is worth mentioning. That would be All of God’s people. We surely have a COMMON CAUSE, a common Father in Heaven… and, common interests, etc. Then there is also those who want to belong to the ‘brotherhood of satan.’
So … there you have it. Again! It all gets down to what is “right and wrong.” It won’t go away, not until, at least… the 2nd Coming of Christ. Eventually… it will get down to the “have… and the have-nots.’ Those that have Jesus Christ as their Savior… and those who REFUSE to accept Him…. The ‘have NOTS.’
Christian brotherhood involves the Principle of Subsidiarity because Christian community involves “humans caring for humans” rather than impersonal governmental systems doling out money or aid – and because of that… demanding control over many parts of the human life… as the price of doing business with the government.
We find in 1 John 4:20 – If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.
Then in Malachi 2:10, we are told….”Do we not all have one father? Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously each against his brother so as to profane the covenant of our fathers?
…Blessings to all my… Brothers….cjlb….. 7/11/2017
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