Brothers and Sisters that act like Stranger Danger

February 20, 2010

I was talking with Rob Bell the other day, and I asked him if it was weird that people treat him like a celebrity.

He replied “we’re all just a bunch of brothers.”

Which got me to thinking about this terminology.

The New Testament does this rather odd thing where when referring to other believers, or fellow believers, they quite often say “brother.” or “sister.”

In fact it makes us think and believe that we are all brothers and sisters, once we become children of God.

But I don’t feel like that.

I grew up in a very open family.  And by open, I mean we fought a lot.

My siblings and I would fight daily over the stupidest things.  But out of that comes this honesty like no other.  I would also say that between my brother, my sisters, and I there is a closeness like no other.  I think its kind of like that feeling of going to war with people.  We had to deal with the same rules and stipulations, and crazy things happening in our lives usually affect all of us.

If two people are a child of God, then that would make them siblings. Thus why or where we get this terminology, even though we’re not literally brother and sister.

But literally we are brother and sister.

Because I think that the God side of things matters more than the biological side of things.

I have this idea.

It’s crazy.

Here goes.

What if every time we met a believer, a child of God if you will, we would treat them like a brother or a sister.

O SNAP.

Wouldn’t that be great?

I think so.  I don’t always see that happen though.  We are all too afraid of each other as people, and we get too afraid to treat a brother like a brother. Or a sister like a sister.  Even I am wary of other people I meet that claim to be believers.

The next time I meet a fellow child of God, I am gonna treat them like a brother I never met before.  I really want to do that. Even writing this now, I am thinking in my head, I probably won’t.  But I want to so bad. So hopefully by God’s grace I will.

Will you join me? Will you join me in not only treating new believers you meet as siblings, but also the current siblings you meet?  Are you willing to call your siblings out on their crap? Are you willing to let them call you out?  Are you willing to be around them so much you want to punch them in the face.  Are you willing to let them borrow your stuff only to have it break?  Are you willing to take the home made gifts they make you for Christmas?

I’m willing.

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5 Responses to “Brothers and Sisters that act like Stranger Danger”

  1. Megan said

    This reminds me of a quote that I’ve heard and loved…

    Strangers are just family you have yet to come to know.
    Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven

  2. Tim Correa said

    I think that’s a beautiful endeavor. I hope you’ve strongly considered the weight of such a commitment.

  3. Jason Tyne said

    Why stop at other believers? What would happen if you treated each person that you meet as a brother or sister?

    • anthonygee said

      Good point. I really should treat every person I meet in this way, hoever I was just speaking to the metaphor in the Bible of believers being brothers and sisters in Christ.

  4. hot mike said

    I was talking to Rob Bell the other day…

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