Am I My Brother’s Keeper?

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For every choice we make there is a corresponding impact on the world.  One consequence in our love affair with tech is actually armed violence in other nations.  Here one customer and CEO reflect on the angst involved in producing and using amazing devices.
But it brings up a larger point.  How often do we stop and consider how our actions affect others around us?
1 Corinthians 8:9 (NRSV) “But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.”
Maybe we could consider it a lot more than we do.  Are Christians free to make “private” choices that are nobody’s business?  Or do we take the idea of community seriously?  Healthy community is where individuals live in love, placing the needs of others before their own.  Evidently early Christians weren’t much better at this than we are.  1 Corinthians 10-11 record the sad erosion of communion and love feast into a selfish banquet of seconds & thirds before others had been served. Paul says, “If you’re that hungry eat at home before you come.”
Of course, toxic community is where the group beats down the individual and seeks to control them for control’s sake.   So it’s a question to consider: am I my brother’s keeper?  Where are the boundaries between Christian liberty and Christian community?  I’d love to hear your thoughts…


Posted on September 30, 2010, in Spiritual Formation, Tech. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Radical, but right on, friend!

  2. We find our liberty in our connection to God and one another. As Americans we are predisposed to very individual rights as freedom. But the kingdom teaches us that submission to God is freedom and that God might very well ask us to suspend the use of some of our freedoms! What a radical concept. We end up spending less time asking “Can I do this”, and more time asking, “Does God want me to do this.”

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