Regardless of who you are, at some phase of your life, you would have heard this question. Whether it was directed to you or you overheard someone being asked, it’s a question that will either make you evaluate your efforts or get you angry because you believe you are not responsible for anyone.
Do you have any obligation to a man lying on the floor because he has been beaten and robbed? Are you the one supposed to call the ambulance? What if you genuinely want to help but have an important meeting to attend? Would you delay or miss your meeting just to help this man?
Reverse! Suppose you are the man lying on the floor, bleeding profusely and rapt with fear, would you expect a guy rushing for a meeting that will drastically change his life for the better to stop and help you?
Let’s flip the situation one last time. What if the plans and ambitions you are pursuing are linked to the man lying on the floor. Assume he is the one who will help establish and bring to fruition your plans; will you help him?
Are you your brother’s keeper? Of course, you are; we should stop asking this question because the answer will never change. The question for you today is “are you actually keeping your brother? Do you look out for him? Are you concerned about his welfare? Are you interested in the way he lives his life?
Moses never made it to the Promised Land because he disobeyed God and struck the rock to yield water instead of speaking to it as God instructed. [[i]] Are you, however, aware that Aaron also missed the Promised Land because of this? [[ii]] “HOW? Aaron wasn’t the one who struck the rock!” You see, he was present when God gave the instructions. [[iii]] Aaron watched Moses disobey God without uttering a word. Moses struck the rock twice; one will think after the first struck Aaron should have said “Yo brother! God said speak to the rock not strike it.”
He could have corrected Moses that very moment but he did not do so. His silence indirectly affirmed what Moses did hence he was as guilty as the one who struck the rock. Had he spoken, perhaps they both would have escaped the consequences. How sad that the people God used to bring His people out of bondage and helped journey them to the Promised Land, at the last moment were not allowed to see the work completed.
In these times just like Aaron, we fail to be our brother’s keeper. We choose to remain silent thinking it’s none of our business yet we know what the Word of God says. If we will truly understand that the decisions our brothers make affect us and vice versa, we will look out for each other in love. If Aaron had the slightest understanding that Moses’ action was going to deprive them both from reaching where God wanted to take them, trust me, he would have done better.
John Donne said, “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” Pause for just a moment and reflect on this. There is no doubt that God’s plan for us involves interdependency. Whether a Christian or not, you are your brother’s keeper. The problem is while you are unsaved, you cannot completely fulfill your duties as your brother’s keeper. Some of their needs, specifically their great spiritual needs, will generally go unnoticed by you.
Aside, God, we are each other’s helper to our respective Promised Land.