Who’s Your Brother?

A some friends of mine recently gave me a new album, new for me. Mockingbird by Derek Webb was recorded in 2005. The first 4 lines of the following song captured me.

A King & A Kingdom

(vs. 1)
who’s your brother, who’s your sister
you just walked passed him
i think you missed her
as we’re all migrating to the place where our father lives
’cause we married in to a family of immigrants

(chorus)
my first allegiance is not to a flag, a country, or a man
my first allegiance is not to democracy or blood
it’s to a king & a kingdom

(vs. 2)
there are two great lies that i’ve heard:
“the day you eat of the fruit of that tree, you will not surely die”
and that Jesus Christ was a white, middle-class republican
and if you wanna be saved you have to learn to be like Him

(chorus)

(bridge)
but nothing unifies like a common enemy
and we’ve got one, sure as hell
but he may be living in your house
he may be raising up your kids
he may be sleeping with your wife
oh no, he may not look like you think

Those 4 lines inspired this page in my hymnal. Whether or not this is what Derek meant, they speak to me of the invisibleness of need of relationships within our Christian family. The need is invisible because we don’t look, not because it cannot be seen. 

This page is now a visual reminder to step out of my comfortable relationships, to be bold and daring, to seek out the needs of others, to make new friends who are very different from me, to look into the hearts of the family that God has placed around me rather than looking at their outward appearance and walking on.

I don’t want to walk past him; I don’t want to miss her. I am willing, Lord, to have my eyes opened.

amanda ∞

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4 Responses

  1. Amanda,

    I have had an unfinished blog entry entitle Who’s Your Brother for quite some time. I had read a blog entry asking Christians to stop sending aid to third world countries. I had started writing a biblical response to being a good steward. Well, that Bible study is way more involved than I feel equipped to talk about ~

    BTW, I love the words to this song. I have somehow felt that patriarchy, patriotism and political activism are now the epicenter of what it means to be a Christian. Since when did Christians become more known for what they are against than who they are for? It is really quite distressing.

    Well, now you know why I can’t blog. I don’t have anything nice to say!

    I am so intrigued. Please post your Who’s Your Brother? entry. As always, I have an opinion about that subject as well.
    Perhaps one of your spiritual gifts is exhortation.
    amanda

  2. What a wonderful post. I love your art too. And I like your nice rules. That is true, why leave a mean comment. There are too many mean people in the world. To bad we can’t make them take nice pills. xoxo Nita

  3. hey amanda i never heard this song but it is very cool… I’ve experienced or observed situations in the church’s we’ve been to before where people are ignored even… that’s a whole ‘nother topic though…

  4. This is one of my favorite songs. I love Derek Webb!

    Derek Webb is wonderful. I’m not sure which I like better, the music or the lyrics.
    amanda

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