“AM I MY BROTHER’S KEEPER?” That question is known to come from Genesis 4:9. This is perhaps one of the more thought-provoking questions in the Bible and is one asked by Cain: Cain had killed his brother because God had accepted Abel’s offering, but not his own*.* When the Lord inquired concerning Abel, Cain’s response was:”Am I my brother’s keeper?” This is a question we would do well to ask ourselves today…Are we our brother’s keeper? Do we have a responsibility to watch out for and care for one for another? In this articale the word “brother” will be used to signify humanity.
The question, “Am I My Brother’s Keeper?” can be answered after we think about the living and divine presence that has residence within us. That deity which permeates our inner life and permeates this universe is the sole keeper of the human animal. It is from the inner workings of that divine presence that we are able to blossom with spiritual fruitfulness. In that fruitfulness we experience peace even within the most turbulent of circumstances. When those turbulent circumstances should make us parched and dry the inner deity continues to keep us moist, soft, and tender towards the sanctity of life. In this respect we are always aware of the divinity that exists and works within our soul. Somehow, that supreme being keeps us flowing with positive energy even within the most undesirable situations. To respond affirmatively that we are our brother’s keeper conveys a desire to emulate the work of that deity by contributing to the good work that is present in others. However, rejecting the goodness that exists in the soul is to reject any effort to acknowledge our responsibility to one another. In effect, we would be more concerned about our own welfare as we refuse to allow the deity to be the keeper of our inner life. That would result in desolating the fruitfulness of others to have your own way. That leaves others in a state of turmoil as confrontation would be a means in which to obtain. The sanctity of life would be loss as murderous intent would manifest in an effort to receive some type of primitive satisfaction. We would be totally blind to the divine worth of humanity as a negative attitude full of pessimism would prevail. It is tragic for someone to claim themselves as a deity while belittling and downplaying the life of others. To say that we are our brother’s keeper is to bring an attitude of reverence to the divinity existing in every living being.
As we honor the divinity of our soul, which is our keeper, we are given the rewards of the fruit of the spirit. Those spiritual fruit enables us to relate to one another with civil and humane attitudes. In essence, through divine fruit we learn how to be our brother’s keeper. In practical terms, every organization created to help others is suggesting that they are their brother’s keeper. These are organizations such as food pantries or health care centers. In this case it is only by the fruit of goodwill, kindness, and love that this can manifest because hatred for others, cruel intent, and ill-will would not allow that compassion. Other agencies that keep the peace from one person to the other are also suggesting that we should be our brother’s keeper. The tranquility we experience in our environment is a result of the divine fruit of gentleness, meekness, and peace because without those inward rewards we are prone to aggressive domination over others through physical force. There are also many structured venues with a design to provide a sense of joy, goodness, and faith through such sources as the music industry etc. This is to suggest that we want to be our brother’s keeper by providing optimism, happiness, and good cheer. Without that inclination from the divinity of our soul we destroy one another with evil manipulation, pessimism, and despair. In addition, there are many agencies that focus solely on trying to help others to persevere in life through the fruit of self-control and patience. For example, any place that encourages healthy living through some form of counseling are saying that they are their brother’s keeper. However, attitudes that incite out of control behaviors, unfruitful impulsiveness, or fatal attitudes are inhumane and hostile to humanity. In this light we see how the rewards from the deity residing in our soul encourages us to relate well to others through the spiritual fruit.
We would hope that our nurses and doctors are our brother’s keeper. What would the health care industry be like if the spirit of being our brother’s keeper went amiss? All the health care given to a person would be for the purpose of downplaying the health of others from some sort of malicious intent. That malicious intent would involve providing therapy, medications, and counseling as a substitute for the spiritual fruitfulness of a person’s inner life. In effect, without the comforting fruit in our emotions, thoughts, and behaviors our mental health, emotional health, and physical health would deteriorate. Our mental processes would be out of control, we would be impatient in demanding a remedy for our discomfort, and we would experience fatal results relating to the body. If people who are suppose to feel a social responsibility to the welfare of our health disregard the divine keeper of the human animal then many things could go amiss relating to our sleep cycles, breathing ability, fluid needs, eating habits, and even in our elimination of waste and other sanitary practices. To be our brother’s keeper entails being sensitive to the fruit within a person’s health to acknowledge and revere the divinity of our inner life. The fruit of patience would allow us to wait a while before jumping into or asserting oneself into unnecessary medical intervention. Likewise, the fruit of self-control would give us the staying power to experience stability in the health we have before seeking a grand and spectacular experience in how we feel by using unfruitful alternatives. Furthermore, perseverance would enable us to continue on the path of fruitfulness relating to our health instead of indulging in habits that have dire consequences. For us to be our brother’s keeper is as simple as relating to others in a way that brings them comfort in their mind, emotions, and physical health. Which relates to encouraging healthy eating and drinking habits, giving them calm during their sleep, encouraging the idea that lungs are made to give the body oxygen, and to provide a relaxing atmosphere around the bathroom area.
We would hope that the peace keepers among us are our brother’s keeper. How tragic it would be to think that peace keepers were standing around watching Cain savagely brutalize his brother simply because Able was in touch with God’s presence and Cain was not. We come to know that peace keepers are here to defend the civil and social qualities of citizens from being preyed upon by those of carnal and primal inclinations. For us to be our brother’s keeper involves contributing to an atmosphere that makes one another feel safe and secure within the environment they find themselves in. The only way that is possible is to offer the deity of our soul something acceptable which is honor, reverence, and respect which in turn we are given the rewards of meekness, gentleness, and peace. From that inner fountain of tranquility we add to the serenity within our place of residence, we contribute to a stable security from day to day, and we relate to the physical presence of others in a civil and peaceful manner. Quite obviously, Cain did not feel that he needed to be his brother’s keeper and especially not if God had favored Able and not himself. Flowing from Cain’s inward being came harsh aggression of violence to bring bodily harm resulting in a fatality. Fortunately for the world our peace keepers which includes concerned citizens, neighborhood watch programs, 1-800 numbers to report crime, etc. has become prevalent in communities around the world. Being our brother’s keeper is as simple as humbling ourselves in the presence of the divinity of our inner life and allowing a meek and gentle spirit to manifest with peace towards one another. Instead of being a Cain in a more civilized world we can respond in a way to contribute to the calm in our sphere of the world. As we retain favor with the divine presence of our inner life we are given the necessary fruit to live in a more civil and socially responsible world.
OUR PLACE OF BELONGING
We would hope that the people we call our friends are our brother’s keeper. If people were directing who we say hi to and who we withhold our friendship from what type of social network would you belong in? For someone to be their brother’s keeper relating to your place of acceptance it would require the spirit of goodwill, kindness, and love. Through those good fruit we would be with people who were tolerant of one another, loving, sensually intimate, and desirous of people interacting through civil attitudes. In contrast, imagine the social chaos of people attempting to place you with others but did not have the spirit of being their brother’s keeper. They would put you among people where attempts to mingle with the attitude of spiritual fruitfulness would be difficult. Instead of social harmony there would be friction through sensual abuses, exclusion of others, intolerances, and hatred. That type of social environment would incite various acts similar to Cain’s violence against his brother. Those who would be living a life acceptable to the divine goodness of the soul would be scrutinized, hazed, and accosted by those feeling hate for the fruitfulness in others and the community they reside in. However, we can be our brother’s keeper by simply conveying compassion by not being hateful, abusive, and rejecting. As our brother’s keeper we let our light shine by allowing the sunshine of a warm and courteous attitude to permeate our inner being.
When we try to think of people who esteem the worth of our inner life we might consider officials in a church in pastoral positions. Hopefully those ministers would have it within their spirit to be their brother’s keeper. How tragic it would be for those clerics to misguide their people away from the living deity of the soul. Their teachings would desolate the spiritual fruitfulness of those who follow them which would result in inner turmoil and conflict as they attempt to relate to others according to ill intended teachings. In effect, the value held for life would diminish and negativity would consume every divine inclination within. In contrast, the light of our divine worth shines when we are aware that a supreme presence lives within us which is the true keeper of our soul. As we focus on that deity we begin to comprehend the divine worth of each individual of humanity. That inner divinity keeps us full with spiritual fruitfulness so that we can experience a feeling of peace and serenity. In that tranquility our inclination is to cherish the sancity of life from one living creature to the next. From that supernatural force a positive energy flows through the self-expression of what we say and do. We would hope that the deity who shines the light on our divine worth is our brother’s keeper. The deity that resides in us is the source of our ability to have good intentions towards one another. As we show reverence for that divine goodness then we will also feel concern for those around us. In contrast, irreverence for the deity that makes the world turn translates into hostility towards others.
We would hope that people responsible for conveying an image of our self-expression is our brother’s keeper because this defines our identity. Some people are responsible for filling in paperwork that describes how we express ourselves which defines our identity. This could involve workplace evaluations, reports filed in police records, school records, or any identifying information that portrays the type of person you are. It’s tragic to think that people we trust to adequately convey the fruitfulness of our inner life would betray that trust by informing people that our words and behaviors are totally opposite of who we are from our soul. Because they are irreverent to the deity that resides in the soul they relinquish their role as a brother’s keeper by painting the fruitful identity of others as being full of despair, pessimism, and evilness towards others. This could totally destroy a person’s optimism for the future because the identity that they erroneously become known by blocks them from the educational, career, and community goals they may have held. In contrast, being our brother’s keeper is as simple as showing a smile with words of optimism. In whatever circumstances we discover ourselves in we always want to revere the divinity within us which is the keeper of our faith, goodness, and joy. In that fruitfulness we become our brother’s keeper by conveying an atmosphere of hope, happiness, and optimism about the identity of others in whatever situations they find themselves in. Let our words be full of edification to please the deity which permeates this universe and keeps our identity immersed in divine qualities regardless of what is said or written.
We can assess that being our brother’s keeper requires us to welcome the keeper that resides in us. The keeper of our soul rewards us with spiritual fruitfulness to teach us civil and humane attitudes. The diagnosis is that some people do not want us to feel compassion for others. They will attack the divine fruit in opposition to the divine keeper of our inner life. Even so, we plan to convey constructive sentiments to one another. We implement that plan by allowing the soft, moist, and tender qualities to flow in us. We evaluate the success according to the spiritual fruit that blossom in our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. In that fruitfulness we learn to be our brother’s keeper coming from the divinity that is in us.
Some people do not want us to be our brother’s keeper which is destructive to health care, a peaceful environment, social cohesion, our belief in divine goodness, and our self-image. They are like pathogens that deconstruct social responsibility as they deny the divinity of our inner life. They utilize anger, debate, and conflict toward those conveying the spirit of peace in an effort to keep another comforted as they assume the role as their brother’s keeper. In addition, some will express sadness, pessimism, and despair to those showing a joyful optimism in an effort to convey hope to the down and out. Their idea of conversing, bargaining, or negotiating is solely to discourage your intervention for the purpose of establishing themselves as the keeper of others. Even so, acceptance of the divine keeper of the human animal is the only way to experience fruitful results in our care of others.
Reservoirs of people opposing the divine keeper of the soul grow with similar attitudes and live with those destructive sentiments amidst populations and groups of people. The attitudes exiting those people include a self expression that is against the goodwill of others that comes from spiritual fruitfulness. They oppose the divine fruit because that fruit blossoms from the deity that is the keeper of the human animal. Their words are obstructive to conversation that suggest being our brother’s keeper, and their behaviors act to block or otherwise impede being in touch with the divine keeper of our inmost being.
The attitude of opposing the goodwill of being our brother”s keeper transfer directly through people who plan to dominate the human animal by portraying themselves as the sole keeper of others. The proclamation of being their brother’s keeper is based on carnal, fleshly, and manmade provisions. But they are not able to produce the spiritual fruit which enables a sincere compassion for the needs of the human animal. They claim the nature of the universal deity as their own but set up barriers to prohibit others from relating to the divinity of the soul. Indirectly those attitudes transfer through people who accept worldly rewards for their provisions by acknowledging powerful influences as their brother’s keeper. However, they refuse to convey compassion to the needy because they relinguish the spirit of social involvement. The environment becomes a prejudiced and discriminatory place because of the hate, intolerance, and exclusion towards those acknowledging the divine keeper of the soul and which refuse the carnal and destructive desires.of the human animal.
Deciding not to welcome the spirit that makes us our brother’s keeper enters us according to our feelings of worth, and a desire for acceptance. We don’t want to be ridiculed, mocked, or tossed aside so we decide it’s best not to convey compassion to the down trodden. Consequently, we also discard the divine keeper of our inner life which keeps us comforted with the rewards of the spiritual fruit. We assume that companionship with those who accept our attitude of indifference will bring a substitute for the spiritual aspects of love, peace, perseverance, and faith in goodness. However, the same indifference felt towards the unfortunate is the same indifference that is prevalent among those we feel accepted by. Those susceptible to opposing the attitude of being their brother’s keeper are accustomed to being kept by others. While provisions of life are given to them they neglect the blossoms of spiritual fruit within themselves by not conveying a grateful attitude to the divine keeper of their inner life. They focus their praise and thankfulness on the provider of manmade and carnal substance but have nothing praiseworthy to say or to do relating to the deity of the soul.
We can interrupt the cycle of not wanting to be our brother’s keeper. We do that by realizing the deity that lives in us is the sole keeper of humanity. As we give reverence to that divine presence we are given the rewards of the spiritual fruit in our thoughts, behaviors, and behaviors. Those rewards help us to relate to one another through civil and humane qualities. As long as we respond to others to keep that fruitfulness alive in us then we are relating to one another as expected by the supreme being. That fruitfulness is found within the soft, moist, and tender qualities of our inner life. By allowing the deity to permeate us from inside we are able to relate to one another from the spirit of compassion in what we say and do.