Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?”Genesis 4:9
We live in a world that heavy handedly preaches individualism, and we unfortunately patronize this ideology on a daily basis. We see the next person as a burden, and why would we want to carry the burden of another, when we are possibly sinking with the load of ours? The fancy term tunnel vision is typically ascribed to it, but lets call it what it is, selfish. However, we no longer see it as so, because we have been groomed to believe that a founding pillar of success is to think about the self first, and sometimes, only and in extreme cases, no matter the cost.
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But pity the one who falls and has no one to help them up.Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
Our culture glorifies the mind your business ministry, but only until its time to troll, or disaster strikes. We are quick to galvanize for the sake of a movement, following the trajectory of the hype, but even quicker to disperse into our little corners, once the hype wanes off. It’s as if when it comes to thinking about anything outside of ourselves, we have the mythical memory of a gold fish— a three second rule for others.
A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.Ecclesiastes 4:12
I stand for the mind your business ministry when it is about encouraging judgement free zones, but not as an ignore button, or as a mantra for code of silence. Salvation is personal. The good fight of faith is not. As part of the body of Christ, we are responsible for one another and we owe it to ourselves to bear each others burdens as we are graced, and to lovingly guide each other away from what may be trying to swallow us up. Think about it this way, would you ignore your leg if it was on fire? If no, then why is it okay to ignore your brother or sister in the guise of ‘minding your business’ when they are on fire?
A unified whole is more impactful than broken parts.
Its one thing to correct, and another to condemn. I do not subscribe to the latter. As different parts of the body of Christ, we are not at liberty to judge within or outside the fold. But we are accountable to one another because we each have significant roles to play in the world as the body of Christ.
Happy mon𝔂𝓪𝓪𝓪𝓪𝓪𝓪𝓪𝓪𝔂! 😀
Get out of my mind! You know, I was having a very similar conversation with my siblings this weekend on the importance of feeling a sense of responsibility for each other and caring about the things that pertain to each of us.
It is hard sometimes though… to make room for others’ burdens when you feel overwhelmed by your own….
May God continue to give us the grace & strength
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“Salvation is personal. The good fight of faith is not.” Love this!
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