Hi, everybody sorry for my absence I was working one another project and obviously sticking to my seminary and work schedule, but I am finding this is probably the better platform to move forward with my work on many of these issues. So I will continue to try to be consistent in my post. A lot has happened since I last posted to this blog. Here is one of my pieces which I had worked on a different platform, but it’s too big of a post not to share in my view. It’s a little outdated, but it’s still a major issue.
Let me get straight to the point if you want to call yourself a Christian, but don’t see the need to help immigrants than its time to re-think your faith.`For the past week there has been a great deal of controversy surrounding the executive action signed by President Trump, and for those of you who do not believe it’s a Muslim ban it’s time to re-think. There was no logic behind it, and there was really no premise behind it. As a Christian, we are called to help the weak, poor, and oppressed. This is a nation which is built on immigrants. Banning immigrants based on religion goes against what our founding fathers fought for. Anyone who has passed their first-grade history class should know that one of the reason’s our forefathers came to this nation was religious freedom. This is not just limited to Christians, but every other faith on God’s green earth. If we want a nation which is under God, and a democracy which is for the people and by the people then we MUST have this freedom. This is basic and banning people based on their faith not only is un-American but also un-Christian.
The fact of it is the Bible is full of immigrants. Jesus at times was technically an immigrant. You can find countless examples of welcoming foreigners. The Pope has on numerous accounts has spoken in favor of welcoming these displaced individuals.
“I would like to ask you all to see a ray of hope as well in the eyes and hearts of refugees and of those who have been forcibly displaced. A hope that is expressed in expectations for the future, in the desire for friendship, in the wish to participate in the host society also through learning the language, access to employment and the education of children. I admire the courage of those who hope to be able gradually to resume a normal life, waiting for joy and love to return to brighten their existence. We can and must all nourish this hope!”
These people are not trying to hurt you, 99% of these people want the same things you do and that is to have a chance at a better life. They are not here to mooch off of you, but to be safe. To get away from places like the image on the right. Many of the people impacted by these things are children. Countless times over the past year we have seen images of children who were separated from their families, found in rubble, and caught in this mayhem, I will personally challenge anyone who claims to be a Christian who does not believe we should be helping these people, it preposterous to think many people are unwilling to help out our neighbors. These are our neighbors even if they do not have the same religious beliefs, same ideology, and same cultural upbringing. Listen, folks, I am not making up you can read this in the Bible.
“When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt.” -Leviticus 19:33-34
When a foreigner resides among us we are commanded not to mistreat them, but love them as ourselves. This is not accomplished by blocking them from entering the nation, nor is it accomplished by building a pointless wall along the southern border. Not only is such legislation putting this nation at risk, but also it’s making us look like giant hypocrites. We can not continue to proclaim “One Nation Under God’ if we do not honor God in our decisions. We can not proclaim to be the land of opportunity or the melting pot if we do not open our doors to immigrants. Now I am not saying freely let the people come to this nation and we should not have controls on this, but this is getting ridiculous. Over the past couple weeks, the strength of the United States has been called into question. Not only are we getting under the skin of our enemies, but our allies as well. Our international relations is dwindling by a thread.
“He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.” –Deuteronomy 10:18-19
God loves the foreigner amongst us. God wants us to help these people. Jesus tells us what we d for the least of these you do for Him.
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. -Matthew 25:25-36
This verse here is quintessential Christianity, if you want to live as a Christian this is what you do for others. Jesus taught us our two greatest commandments are to “Love the Lord with all our hearts and all our being” and “to love our neighbor as ourself.” Shunning immigrants, keeping them out, and not helping them is not the approach we should be taking. The actions which are occurring right now not only defies logic, but it defies basic morality and Christians should be outraged by these actions.
Listen I know many people have differences, but differences are what makes this nation great. The whole concept of the melting pot is a blending of various cultures which balance each other. I know many Christians voted for Donald Trump and this is not a post which is guilting you for that decision, but a call to action to do the right thing. The church is constantly being judged right now, and are we going to be the church that triumphs and does the right thing or the one which lays down on the tracks? The answer here is not hidden, its right in front of us. The sad thing is this is not the only issue which Christians need to be standing for either.
“Above all I ask leaders and legislators and the entire international community above all to confront the reality of those who have been displaced by force, with effective projects and new approaches in order to protect their dignity, to improve the quality of their life and to face the challenges that are emerging from modern forms of persecution, oppression and slavery.” –Pope Francis
Folks, this pains me to see this coming within this nation. This is a great nation which is better this and I pray that we unite to do what is right.