Who is my brother?
A friend of mine once posted an experience on Facebook about how he was extricated from a prolonged wait in a Government Agency’s office. He had gone there to process one document and it looked like the organisation’s staff were not in a mood for work that day.
So, people were waiting and wailing, with no likelihood of been attended to. To ease the pain of the long wait, my friend started humming the anthem of their “church” to himself . The tune wafted into the ears of one of the hitherto impervious staffers and immediately, a bond of brotherhood was formed immediately. The result: my friend got his documents processed immediately.
A more frightening account surfaced on social media recently. I quote it verbatim below:
Greetings from Lagos. pls help me share cos I know most of your followers are here in Lagos. its God that saved me yesterday. I applied for a job via Jiji on Monday, on Wednesday I was called for interview in Maryland Lagos. I got to Maryland took a bike to the location for the interview.
When I got to the lonely building in mende there in Maryland, Okada dropped me and left, no one to ask a question, I called the number that was attached to the message of interview to tell him I’m at the venue, he picked and said his men are downstairs, I looked around and saw two men, the looks on their faces was not funny.They asked me to open the message for them to see, I opened it, after Reading they said I belong to room one, that I should switch off my phone b4 climbing the stairs, I told them I’m not expecting any call, they said its compulsory. I asked them how long the interview will last and they said 3 to 4hrs, I was tired.
I told them to give me a minute let me inform my pple that I won’t be home early as I told them, l went towards the gate to call my sister, as I was answering the call two men came down making them four, they started shouting on me that I’m wasting their time that is like I’m not ready for the job. As this was happening a guy from no where came behind me all I heard was “my case is different “and I said so is mine.
He said he saw the winners bangle I was wearing that I should meet him outside the gate. I followed him, he asked what brought me here, I told him I came for an interview, he said I should thank my God that I saw him if not it will be a different story by evening. That I should leave the place immediately that the pple are using charms on pple. I thanked him and entered a bike that dropped one guy at the gate there and left.
They called and called I no pick.This morning they sent a text that my interview has been rescheduled. Lets be vigilant with online Jobs I have not been myself since yesterday, have been on thoughts. But I thank God for saving cos I don’t know what the story could have been. Family Pls let be careful OK.
Now, we thank God for this person’s deliverance. However, the two incidents quoted above raise questions which demand some answers.
If my friend did not hum the denominational anthem, or if he happened to have belonged to another denomination, would our “Civil Servant” have bothered to raise a finger? If the testifier in the second incident had not worn the Winners Bangle, or perhaps he was an impostor or a distant admirer of Winner’s Chapel and could not respond appropriately, would he have been left to the wicked caprices of his captors?
Would it have mattered even if the benefactors in the two instances could actually recognise that the would-be victims were also Christians, ransomed and paid for by the blood of the Lamb?
How do the incidents here compare to the parable of the “Good Samaritan”, who went out of his way to help an afflicted fellow who was not a member of his clan or “religious denomination”? Why did the Lord implicitly commend the Samaritan and reserved comments on the Levite and the Priest?
Are good citizenship and good neighbourliness part of our witness as Children of God, who are described as the Epistles that unbelievers read? Did our brethren benefactors above display these traits?
I do not know what your opinions are, but you can share it by way of comments below. However, I leave us with this: “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:10. We do well to remember that the “household of faith” is a lot bigger than “our church”. It is the Church of Christ.