He’s My Cousin!!
“He’s my cousin!” Among the Chin Burmese this is a common phrase. One of our Chin friends knows everybody in his village and surrounding region and can name their relatives. In the south we talk about kinfolk. Years ago when I lived in Mississippi, the first order of business after saying hello to another person was to find out if you had kin.
Yesterday, a new Chin family arrived and I led Kap Ceu to their house. When the newly arrived couple opened the door and Kap Ceu looked at them, he said, “He’s my cousin”. I kind of laughed but then Kap Ceu said, they are from my same village and it is my father’s sister’s son.
Someone has said that every one is related at like the 6th cousin level, and indeed we as Christians know that God created one man and one woman and everyone descended from them. So I can say to my Burmese friends “You’re my cousin!” Jesus’ family came to him while he was out on ministry and when he was told they were there, he began to teach the kinship of all believers who do the will of the Father.