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Few in Ala. upset by governor's Christian comments
You can spot a Baptist church from almost any hilltop in Alabama, so it's not hard to find people who agreed with their new governor this week when he said only Christians are his brothers and sisters.
Even so, some of his brothers and sisters thought he could have found a nicer way to say it.
It's unlikely that Republican Gov. Robert Bentley will suffer politically from his inauguration day remarks, which he made from a church pulpit at a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday service Monday.
Mark 3 32 And a multitude was sitting around Him, and they said^ to Him, "Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are outside looking for You." 33 And answering them, He said^, "Who are My mother and My brothers?" 34 And looking about on those who were sitting around Him, He said^, "Behold, My mother and My brothers! 35 "For whoever does the will of God, he is My brother and sister and mother."---NASB
Fleshly connections are meaningless compared to spiritual ones.
The governor gave a correct answer the first time, and a political one the second time around. May I suggest you look up the Strong's definition of neighbor.
James Strong for "Neighbor wrote: 04139: 4139 plesion play-see'-on neuter of a derivative of pelas (near); (adverbially) close by; as noun, a neighbor, i.e. fellow (as man, countryman, Christian or friend):--near, neighbour.
south korea wrote: There are levels of brotherhood. Yes, Christians are my brothers and sisters, but there is also a 'brotherhood of man'. A bond of commonality between all humans regardless of race or creed. And it is the basis of compassion for the lost.
south korea: What You Are Saying I Totally Agree With. The " 'brother of man' " That You Are Referring To Is Only AFFIRMING & CONFIRMING The FACT That ALL The Descendants Of ADAM & EVE--ALL WE HUMANS--Are BROTHERS & SISTERS "In The Flesh" !
Albeit, ALL We HUMANS Are NOT ALL Brothers & Sisters "In The HOLY SPIRIT": EXCEPT & UNTIL WE ARE "BORN-AGAIN" SPIRITUALLY BY THE AFORESAID HOLY SPIRIT: GOD, THE HOLY SPIRIT !
No, there is no brotherhood of man. True everyone is made in God's image. This makes them all neighbors,
Matthew 5 43 "You have heard that it was said, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR, and hate your enemy.' 44 "But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you 45 in order that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 "For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax-gatherers do the same? 47 "And if you greet your brothers only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 "Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.---NASB
So while the new governor is correct, he needed an addendum to his statements.
There are levels of brotherhood. Yes, Christians are my brothers and sisters, but there is also a 'brotherhood of man'. A bond of commonality between all humans regardless of race or creed. And it is the basis of compassion for the lost.