Jesus died and rose from the dead so that He could be Lord of both the dead and the living. Until the Second Coming, He sat at the right hand of the Father waiting for all His enemies to be made a footstool for His feet. Once that happened, He became (once again) King of the Universe, Lord of all humanity, and Father of the brotherhood of man. Therefore every man is your brother; every man is my brother.
Do you remember the story of the Good Samaritan and what provoked Jesus to tell it? A lawyer had challenged Him by asking what was necessary to inherit eternal life. In response, Jesus asked him what his reading of the law seemed to say. The lawyer answered with the commandments to love God and neighbor. Jesus commended his answer but the lawyer went to on ask, “And who is my neighbor?” You can almost hear Christians asking today, “And who is my brother?” Both questions attempt to diminish the scope of God’s commandments.
Jesus is not Lord of some – He is Lord of all. Every knee shall bow; every tongue shall confess. It is not our business to know when and how that happens for each of our brothers. It is our job to love them. And honor them. All of them.
Let us repent of all spiritual arrogance and not waste any more time wondering if someone is our brother. He is.