The Brotherhood of the Gate

The photo is of my younger son, Austin, standing by a gate he has just hung.  The entire process, from selecting the posts, through planting them in the earth, to the finished product you see – is documented on my Facebook page.  Austin looks pretty proud of his gate and like he had a good time putting it up.  I imagine a lot of farmers and hunters, who have hung their own gates, would identify with Austin and his gate – a Brotherhood of the Gate.

This made me think of the church – a Brotherhood of Christ.  Like a tradition of gate-hangers, Austin and his gate made me think of the tradition of a family who has been members of the church of Christ for generations.  We don’t become a Christian because of what Momma and Daddy did, but it’s still great to be part of a family where your ancestors were Christians.  This is a tradition we can be proud to be a part of and proud to maintain.  You begin, or renew, that process when you obey the gospel.  It reminds me of this text:

when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. (2 Timothy 1:5 NKJV)

Austin and his gate also remind me of the bond we have with our fellow Christians world-wide.  We may not be members of the same blood-family, but, more significantly, we are members of the same spiritual family.  It is a great encouragement to know that we are part of the greatest cause there is – and that we are not alone – we have friends, helpers, partners, and brothers and sisters who join hands with us across cultural and economic differences to advance the banner of Christianity.  Here’s the text:

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV)

God helps us in so many ways.  The Brotherhood of the Cross numbers high among them.  Love your Christian family and friends.  They can help you get to heaven. 

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