Are we all related because we are part of one great, global family tree?
Charting their personal genealogy has become a preoccupation for some people. Are they connected to a famous historical character or to a modern celebrity? Maybe they could be the 13th cousin thrice removed of Queen Elizabeth or a pop star? In fact, perhaps you could be and you donít know it! In a recent report one man claimed to have a family tree that involved over 78 million names.
Interestingly, the Bible says that each of us is inter-related. It does not matter what our ethnic, social or religious background is: we are family together through a divine connection. In explaining why he worshipped God, Paul of Tarsus wrote to first century Christians living in what is now Turkey: For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. In other words, every man, woman and child is included in the God connection.
In God we are all part of the same family tree. Therefore, said Paul, live as people who have been rooted and established in love.
Paulís message speaks to us today in this conflict-filled world.
Why fight one another?
After all, weíre family, linked together in God, who is love.
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