Sermon: Am I my brother’s keeper?

We have this question first known to be asked by Cain when he was asked by the Lord about the whereabouts of his brother, Abel, in Genesis 4:9. We could question our individual responsibility with our community’s ills today, but the scriptures are quite clear that we are to be concerned about the well being of one another.

In the parable of the sheep and the goats, Jesus says “then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.  For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’  Then the righteous will answer Him saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give you drink?  ‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You?  ‘And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’  “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me’.”  Matthew 25:34-40. 

Read Hebrews 13:1-3. Let love of the brethren continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill treated, since you yourselves also are in the body. In the parable of the good Samaritan, Jesus shows us how to love our neighbor as yourself.  Luke 10:25-37.

Our community needs 24-7 controlled warming shelters so homeless people do not freeze to death in cars, on the street, or under a bridge. We need an addiction treatment center in the Valley so that addicts wanting help don’t have to leave the Valley and wait weeks or months to start treatment. Yes, we are our brother’s keeper.

Erwin Young

Alamosa Church of Christ