“Am I my brother’s keeper?” Genesis 4:9
Recently, one afternoon, I went to a fast food restaurant to enjoy an Iced Tea. While there I observed a young father with two children. The boy was probably five or six and the girl was a bit younger. As they passed my table to throw their trash away, I overheard the father say to the little boy, “Keep an eye on your sister.”
About that time “little sister” went running the opposite direction toward one of the entrances. When the dad turned away from the trash container he noticed that his son had not kept an eye on the little girl and there they go running to catch up to the little girl all while the dad is saying, “I told you to keep an eye on your sister. You have to keep track of her.”
It all turned out just fine, but I started thinking about us humans and our relationship with our heavenly Father. As ministers of the Gospel we have a responsibility to take care of God’s people by providing nurture, spiritual input and guidance.
In Genesis we read the story of Cain and Able. When God asked Cain about his brother, I sense his remarks were that of rebellion more than anything else. He knew what he had done to his brother.
We also see something else here. Cain refused to deal with his passions through repentance, and his anger led to hate and murder.
When we fail to harness our passions and do not work through them with repentance or redirection, we find ourselves in trouble. It may not lead us to the act of murder, but in some people it does.
I have counseled with people who have been in legal trouble because they have not harnessed their behaviors and they end up in prison with a criminal record and for many they have felonies and are unable to get better paying jobs.