The thought that we are brothers and sisters with other believers exists in the Church. Jesus started it. Why did Jesus call us brothers and sisters?
8 “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. 10 Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
Jesus goal was that we would all be equals with God as our Heavenly Father. He further turned things upside down by saying leaders should be servants and then died for us to model his point.
China has a class society where everyone knows their place. America is egalitarian and seeks to see all people as equal. Unfortunately, we often fail. China calls all small children playing together brother and sister. America does not.
Christians must see that that we are all made in God’s image. God’s image is certainly worth more then $1B or a doctorate from Harvard. It makes us all equal. We are all also sinners, so stand on the same ground before God.
Why Did Jesus Call Us Brothers and Sisters? – He Had Reasons
We are not brothers with all people. We are brothers and sisters with those who accept God as their Heavenly Father.
Others are still of infinite value with God’s image, but being brothers and sisters is something quite different.
It means we have the same family culture just like with our earthly siblings. Therefore, God spread a heavenly culture of love, repentance, forgiveness, and 9 fruit of the Spirit that put us on the same page.
Now, how deeply each person has received that culture impacts our level of closeness as brothers and sisters, but the fact remains that we are.
We have friends at clubs and political rallies. This is not our family.
Further, no pastor, club leader or politician is our father, older brother or anything other than our equal before God. Who can say whether you of your pastor will be first in line in heaven? Only God knows. Consequently, we are left as equals on earth.
Can we see others as of infinite worth and Christians as our brothers and sisters. Jesus made it that way, and we need to adjust and see it.