Is Blood Thicker Than Water?

When I was growing up, there was a phrase I use to hear older folks say. “Child, blood is thicker than water. ”

In other words, family ties are stronger than those not related.

It is amusing to think that for years, I thought this saying was another black folk-ism. But the actual origin of this phrase was in 1180 from the medieval German beast epic Reinhart Fuchs.

With all the protesting about overzealous policing in the black community and the Crosby revelations, these two current news stories made me pause and think seriously about how we react to our own historical stories in the making.

Is blood really thicker than water?

No matter the behavior or attitude, can black folks afford to overlook wrong just to bewail injustice?

Over the weekend, Bill Cosby spoke with a black reporter and threw out a tidbit that the media has devoured as playing the race card. Then after his brief exchange, came his wife Camille Cosby with her written statement to CBS Evening News defending her husband’s credibility but also, alluding that the news stories and sexual assaults allegations from two dozen women could be compared to the Rolling Stone article concerning an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia campus.

The race card, regardless, of who uses it, is wrong. It is insulting and usually will hurt the credibility of those same folks who often declare that there are no racial issues but rather moral.

Is blood really thicker than water?

It shouldn’t be. Especially, if those who have done wrong, expect others to give them a free pass because of their ethnicity.

As a matter of fact, the only bloodline and family ties that one should desire are that of Christ.

There is a song that we sing during communion, Nothing but the Blood of Jesus. It reminds me that His Blood is the only Blood that can wash away our sins…

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian