Sometimes my ignorance about the plight of people gets the best of me. While I often hold conservative beliefs politically… sometimes My arrogance and lack of awareness causes me to make ignorant statements that on the surface may be justified, but in reality I am using that as a cover for selfishness and whim, pretending to be righteous just because I am ‘legal.’
“No more pretending. You can’t use legal cover to mask a moral failure.”
Matthew 5:32 (msg)
The issue of immigration is more complex than we all are willing to admit. If fear is keeping us from taking a hard look at what we are doing with the outcast, the refugee, or even the illegal alien…then faith has no room to move in and change our hearts towards these people who fled their homeland often for good reason.
I don’t know the answer to this problem. I wish it was as simple as “send them back”… but in my heart I don’t know if that is the right thing to do…there are many good people here living as exiles from their homeland. Is just marginalizing and ostracizing them further really to be our nations response?
I read this article by Michael Frost today and thought it might be a good start for us in the US who say we follow Jesus… if we do not stand up for the marginalized, the refugee, or the illegal… then we too will be called into account for not doing the very thing that Jesus came to teach us to do.
The way of the Kingdom of God is not the way of the Democrat or the Republican. We have to step away from this “church/state” way of thinking we inherited from Constantine 1700 years ago.
Really following Jesus is not going to be easier if we wed our “Christianity with the power of the Federal government”. Take some time and think this through.
Christian people will be hated even more by the rest of the world as a result of this election. I was honestly hoping for us to be marginalized.
Persecution grows the church, prosperity makes it irrelevant, and power-grabbing makes us look a lot less like Jesus.
Something to think about.