May 14, 2013 | 10:16 am
Posted by Former WECC Minister Rev. Michael Bos

If You’re Reading This, You’re Related to Me!

On Sunday I spoke about the new craze in America: doing genealogies. It is the second most popular topic on the Internet and some report that it is America’s number one hobby.

The excitement of doing your genealogy is that you never know what you’ll find. Business Week reported that Ancestory.com discovered that President Obama is related to Brad Pitt, Warren Buffet, Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh. What a family gathering that would make!

I recently learned that I’m related to Amelia Earhart.  Even though I remember many trips to Grandpa Earhart’s home, I never would have made this connection.

When we do genealogies we are searching for those interesting and famous relatives that make us stand out—something that establishes our pedigree and sets us apart from the rest.

Here’s some startling news: we’re all related! Steve Olson, along with researchers from Yale and MIT, have concluded that we only have to go back 5,000 to 6,000 years to find that every living person today has the same set of ancestors. This means that if you’re reading this blog, you and I are related!

This is an understanding that is underscored from the beginning to the end of the Bible. It says we are all descendants of Adam and Eve. We are all children of Abraham. And Jesus taught us to see all people as God’s children and to treat them as our brothers and sisters.

We like to categorize the world to make us different—black and white, Muslim and Christian, Republican and Democrat. But we need to remember that whatever the person looks like, whatever they believe, they are family. Wouldn’t it be revolutionary if we followed Jesus’ lead and treated everyone like they were!