“Then the Lord said to Cain, ‘Where is Abel your brother?’ And he said, ‘I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?’” (Genesis 4:9).
The fratricidal saga of Cain and Abel is but a backdrop to the larger story of Cain’s skewed relationship with God; skewed because a brother has been violated. It’s one of scriptures strongest reminders that the life of faith can never be reduced to only a vertical dimension between you and God, but has symbiotic implications for all horizontal relationships. It is this knowledge that makes us our brother’s keeper.