“If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:46-48).
I’ve tried to be very careful about bringing anything political into my blog, but politics are a part of the world in which I live, and consequently, for better or worse, creeps into my walk. As much as I’d like, these issues cannot be entirely ignored. I am not sharing this post to engage any political debates in the comments section; those will probably be deleted. Instead, my goal here, this evening, is to inspire prayer about how division has escalated to such an alarming degree, within the family of God, how we view and interact with one another, and how we might begin healing and moving toward a place of greater unity. With God all things are possible.
But my opinions are a part of my walk, therefore, I find it necessary to share some here, although these are far from a comprehensive representation. I’m keeping much of my views, concerning resolving the immigration crisis, close to the vest, for now, because they absolutely do not fall squarely into any particular ideology, or prominent political camp or agenda, and would possibly turn into a stumbling block in this forum. Now is simply not the time. Besides, conservatives would likely just accuse me of being a liberal and vise versa.
An ICE agent speaking at the press conference (link provided at the bottom of this post) said, “If I come to your home, do you want me to knock on the front door, or do you want me to climb through that window?”
Here’s the truth. You can care about border security, including supporting building a wall, and care about the plight of immigrants at the same time. I’m living proof all this is possible, and I’m not the only one out there. Many of us even love Jesus. And we’re wise enough not to lock ourselves into one of two extremes: either throwing open our borders with reckless abandon, or turning a blind eye to the hardship of those desiring to pursue a new life here.
So, anytime I hear the other side cry out, oftentimes in outrage, from atop their soapboxes about immigration, while making hardly a peep, if any at all, against the systematic execution of millions of unborn babies, in this country, then know your cries will fall on deaf ears with me. Your compassion mystifies me, and your outrage seems selective, perhaps, even a tad bit politically motivated.
“If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:46-48). Christians, particularly, it’s time to set aside our pride, and send these quarrelsome spirits away. Instead, it’s time we start operating in the Holy Spirit, in order to resolve disagreements the enemy is using to divide and concur us. We could all probably benefit from more self reflection, myself included, a whole lot of personal honesty, and seeking wisdom from the Lord. He promises, after all, to grant it to us generously.
Agree or disagree, everything I’ve written tonight has been heartfelt and sincere.
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