Cain & Abel; Democrat & Republican

Posted: September 6, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Cain and Abel.  A story that is told in the fourth chapter of the book of Genesis.  One that many are familiar with even if they are not familiar with the Christian religion.  For those that do not know, let me give a brief telling of the story.

Cain was the firstborn son of Adam and Eve.  “Later she gave birth to his brother Abel.” (Genesis 4:2)  Abel was in charge of the livestock and Cain was to work the soil.  Most likely, every harvest Cain and Abel would bring portions from their work to sacrifice it to God as a gift and an act of worship.  On one occasion Abel brought the best livestock he had and Cain brought “some of the fruits of the soil” (3) to be an offering.  God was unhappy with Cain because Cain chose to keep the best for himself.  He was looking out for numero uno.  God did not look upon Cain’s offering with favor and this made Cain very angry.  God then began to talk with him and urge him to master sin and not let it control him.  Cain did not listen.  He chose to take his brother out to the field and he killed him.  God called Cain and asked him where Abel was but Cain lied to God saying that he did not know.  Of course, God knew where Abel was and told Cain that “Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.” (10)  As a punishment God sent Cain away and told him that he will not be able to work the soil because it will not produce anything for him.  So Cain traveled east to the land of Nod (where he slept a lot…just kidding).

So, I am sure you can see the comparison between Cain and Abel and Democrats and Republicans.  Before you denote one party as the victim and the other as the criminal, consider this.  Within Cain there was a little Abel.  There was the knowledge that he was to give the very best to God, but he chose not to.  Within Abel there was a little Cain.  At any time Abel could have made the same mistake that Cain did by not providing the very best for God.  The ability to say “yes” or “no” to God at any time was within them both.

So too there is a little Cain and a little Abel in both political parties.  There is the mindset that “right” must be done, be it in the eyes of man or the eyes of God.  There is also a stronger mindset that says, I must do whatever benefits me most, or what benefits my party most.  See more often than not both parties are continually killing Abel.  Abel tries to do what is pure in the sight of the Lord and then suddenly Cain destroys him.  The idea of self becomes the most important factor when making decisions.  Why can bipartisanship never be attained?  Because Cain always succeeds.  Not only does he succeed in politics but he is praised for his success.  Am I talking about the murdering of the American Dream or the Constitution?  No, I am speaking about the murder of Christ in the decisions that all people make.  The overarching display of selfishness that has grown since the time of Adam and Eve.  To look out for self more than care about the needs or wants of others.

The worst part about the whole thing, besides the actual murder, is that Cain knew it was wrong but chose to become blind to the real issue.  When asked by God where Abel was, his reply was simply “I don’t know…Am I my brother’s keeper?” (9)  Yes.  We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keeper.  We must look out for one another.  America is one of, if not the best, at caring about other countries and peoples.  Aid is given at an alarming rate.  However, within our own country we support one another only in times of tremendous trial like hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and fire.  But with greater needs like faith, family, compassion, neighborly assistance, we choose to take ours first.  Then whatever is left can be used.

Whether Democrat, Republican, or one of the other hundreds of parties, I caution us all to take a closer look at the story of Cain and Abel.  Within Cain there was a little Abel.  Within Abel there was a little Cain.  Let us not reach to fill our own pockets, mouths, and stomachs first, but give glory to God above all and be our brothers’ keeper.

In Christ’s Love,

Josh

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