Am I my brother’s and/or sister’s keeper?

“A marine biologist was swimming near the Cook Islands in the South Pacific when a 50,000-pound humpback whale suddenly appeared and tucked her under its fin. The woman thought her life was over. But after swimming slowly in circles, the whale let her go. It’s then that the biologist saw a tiger shark leaving the area. The woman believes the whale had been protecting her—keeping her from danger.”

In a world of danger, we’re called to watch out for others. But you might ask yourself, Should I really be expected to be responsible for someone else? Or in Cain’s words: “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4:9). The rest of the Old Testament resounds with the thunderous response: Yes!

“The reality is we are our brother’s and sister’s keeper for we are created in the image and likeness of God. To kill another human is an assault on God. That is why the Bible forbids “You shall not kill.”

“Abel who was killed demands justice. To impart justice requires the healing of a wounded memory. However, justice without memory is incomplete justice, false and unjust. The reason being to forget would be an absolute injustice in the same way that killing the innocent is an absolute crime.”

“To forget would be the final triumph of the enemy. If memory is erased we can wash away the blood from the perpetrators’ hands, we undo the done deed, and make it disappear from history. Erase memories of atrocities and you tempt future perpetrators with immunity. Inversely, remember the misdeeds and you erect a barrier against future misdeeds.”

Let us choose love over hatred for we are our brothers’ and/or our sisters’ keepers. Let us stop the killing of children and women. Let us stop the scourge of Gender Based Violence. Let God heal our land from this scourge.

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Until next week Tuesday, bye-bye for now.

Yours Truly
Tshepo Ishmael Phetoane