Monday, May 9, 2016

Another Word About Illegals

photo by Fibonacci Blue / flickr
This Immigration-Refugee issue
will not go away so easily. Eleven million plus still wait to see what we will do with them. American values are being tested and to date I do not like the outcome. But the struggle is far from over.

I wonder when the history of these stormy days are written what the history books will say about us?

So many Christians have no unearthly idea that Jesus' last parable-challenge: "I was a stranger and you took me in..." has anything whatsoever to do with where we are right now as a people. Selective reading of the Bible today as in other times--
pulls the teeth out of the gospel and leaves us weak and irrelevant.

The Church of Jesus Christ is not supposed to be only white, middle and upper class and waving its banner for only what suits our prejudices and our comfortability.  Remember how Jesus closed that parable: "Inasmuch as you do it unto the least of these--you do it unto me. "

I recommend Robert Scheer's moving article, written for Mother's Day, about how frightened his immigrant mother was for years because she was afraid she might be deported. Her story could be repeated over and over in our time.

Those politicians who pander to hate and prejudice and our basest values--do not represent our better hopes and dreams. Read his words and weep. But more than that--pray and speak out for justice.

--Roger Lovette /

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