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Your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground!

posted Sep 27, 2018, 5:54 PM by Cameron Hubanks

My Dear Zwingli Church,


In one of Scripture’s most poignant lines, God says to Cain in Genesis 4, “Listen; Your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground!”


As I’m writing the day-long Senate Judiciary hearings into the allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are wrapping up.  There is a sense in which it feels like our nation is being torn apart just as Cain and Abel were torn apart (Don’t you wonder about Adam and Eve during this horrendous affair of fratricide?  Only the faintest passing word is recorded of their response).


Anger, division and violence are as old as the human race.  Should Christians care?  If yes, what can – what should – we do?  


On Sunday morning I will invite you to explore two important themes that arise from this story (there are others, of course):


  • What does this text say about human difference and diversity?
  • And what about Cain’s sarcastic question:  “Am I my brother’s keeper?”  


There are no simple responses to either of these questions – but unless we are willing to explore them, we will be helplessly unable to work for the increase of understanding and grace – to advocate for justice and forgiveness.


See you Sunday.


Rich Pleva, Pastor

Zwingli United Church of Christ

Paoli, Wisconsin

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