My Brother’s Keeper…

…is not Finder’s Keeper.

Society has it backward: On the playground, on the worksite, and sadly even in the church, we tend to play by the opposite:

  • I found it, so I get to keep it!
  • Hey, I’m not my brother’s keeper!

Look at what God says:

If you see your neighbor’s ox or sheep or goat wandering away, don’t ignore your responsibility. Take it back to its owner. If its owner does not live nearby or you don’t know who the owner is, take it to your place and keep it until the owner comes looking for it. Then you must return it.

My brother’s property is my responsibility. Notice that even if I don’t know who the owner is, I’m still supposed to safeguard his property until I can return it to him.

Finding something that isn’t mine makes me responsible to care for it. I am my brother’s keeper; it’s not simply finder’s keeper.

What if my mindset changed to, This is yours, but I’m going to take care of it like it’s mine until I can return it to you?

What if my values became focused on…

  • Mutual accountability?
  • Shared responsibility?
  • Genuine community?

I must be the change I wish for our society. I need to care for anothers’ property as much as I care for my own.

Would you join me in changing your community away from Finder’s Keeper and toward Brother’s Keeper?

One Response to “My Brother’s Keeper…”

  1. Frank Pray Says:

    Property: the idea is that there is something I call “mine” and that society sanctions as “mine” by force of law. My highest claim to “my property” is the property of my body, and the right to life. In a more abstract sense, my time is my property, and even my thoughts are my property.

    Property is characterized by physical boundaries, while my spiritual, emotional and mental “property” is characterized by personal psychological boundaries. Who and what do I let into my consciousness and soul? Who and what do I project as my gift or visitor at the boundary gate of another? My respect for my mind, the ideas, the images, the places I take it, will affect the quality and purity of that particular “property”. I am responsible for the condition of that property in each day to day decision of what I focus upon. If I let my property deteriorate, it becomes a blight upon the community. My property in human society is inevitably surrounded by many other properties, and we all have an impact upon quality of our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual environments. We are in a human “homeowners association” and we are responsible to one another in the care of our properties.


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