Our Brother’s Blood

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As you exit the exhibition area in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., you come to a meditation space with two Bible verses inscribed into the walls.
The first verse is Genesis 4:10, which is from one of this Sunday’s sermon texts:
What have you done? Listen; your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground!
In the story found in Genesis, the two sons of Adam and Eve, Abel and Cain, have both offered sacrifices to the Lord. Abel’s sacrifice is accepted, while Cain’s is rejected. In a fit of jealousy Cain lures his brother out into the field where he kills him. Verse 10 is God’s response to the world’s first murder.

Seen within the context of the Holocaust we can still hear God’s voice imploring us:

What have you done? Listen; your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground!
Everyday the blood of the innocent is being spilt through war, violence, and indifference. And everyday we have another opportunity to help heal the wounds of the world.
On the other side of the meditation space at the Holocaust Museum is inscribed Deuteronomy 30:19:
I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life…
We can still choose life over death, peace over war, compassion over indifference. In our world today, what would we need to do to choose life?