“I declare, unequivocally and undeniably, that I am my brother’s keeper; that which affects one of us, affects all of us. We are inextricably connected.”
Reverend John H. Moore
The Bible tells us the story of Cain and Abel; “And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, that Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and slew him. And the Lord said to Cain, “Where is thy brother?”
Cain replied, “I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?” –Genesis 4:8
Brothers and Sisters in Christ, peace and blessings to you all. In the last few days I have had a serious conversation with the great Twitter-Pastor-Reverend John H. Moore and we talked about being our brother’s and our sister’s keeper. Two days I reflected on this concept of empathy and I did wonder is this idea so difficult to understand? These last five years I have embraced this beautiful thing called empathy; empathy for those in distress that I have the power to help. Each morning that God blesses me with the breathe of life I remind myself that my ambition is to walk in the light of Christ and so doing I must be, my brothers keeper. So many claim to love Jesus and to know Him yet they watch a homeless sister rummaging through a garbage can looking for something to eat. They do nothing. James Baldwin said,
“I can’t believe what you say because I see what you do.”
Where is your empathy brother? Those without empathy do not know the love of Jesus. A man, a young man stands at the front door of Walmart asking for change to get something to eat. His clothes are filthy, his hands are caked with dirt, his shoes are thin bare to the sole.
What do you do? Is the distress of this young man somebody else’s problem? Do you walk in the light of Christ? Are you, your brother’s keeper?
I saw a man in great distress, you saw him too! This man was on the ground face down and a policeman had his knee on the neck of my brother and we watched from afar helplessly as the breathe of life was choked out of him. There were many people who stood only a few feet away from George Floyd as his life was being taken from him. Everybody there had a cell phone, all the men there had a cell phone, yet none of them filmed the crime as it was happening. Thank God for this girl, Oh God! This seventeen-year old girl named Danella Frazier, this courageous girl took out her cell phone and she recorded the killer from the start to the finish even though she had been warned to stop filming the killer-Derek Chauvin, she would not stop filming. She did not falter, she did not back down, she did not back away, instead she leaned into her brother in distress. Her spirit proclaimed to all the world:
I AM MY BROTHER’S KEEPER!
I feel so sorry for those men who did not pull out their cell phones, they did NOT lean into our brother faced down on the ground; no they stood there like helpless children. In my mind, they failed the test of being a man.
“A man who does not have something for which he is willing to die is not fit to live.”–Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Darnella Frazier like the noble Rosa Parks has been placed into the history books for all time. This girl, this fearless girl, this empath of spirit now only eighteen-years old has a Pulitzer Prize for being her brother’s keeper.
I tell you the truth, God watches everything we do, He watches how we treat each other and God rewards us accordingly. Darnella Frazier is an inspiration to me from now until the end of days. She best exemplifies the ever present question:
AM I MY BROTHER’S KEEPER?
Let’s lean into each other with the love of Christ.