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At church yesterday, the priest read a letter from the Bishop. And it was about the situation happening at our southern border with families being split up.
And honestly, it left me unsettled. We were at a house of worship, and it felt inappropriate for there to be a political letter being read front and center.
But it is hard to avoid this topic. And I’m never one to shy away from the current events of the week, but this one is tough.
I have so many different feelings about it.
First of all, it’s hard to know the truth of what is actually going on. Every news source is so slanted, and every station other than FOX (which has its own issues) paints every story to have as negative a light on the current Trump administration as possible, so it’s hard to get an accurate description of what is happening and who is responsible.
Here’s the truth that we do know:
God commanded us to love.
That was His greatest commandment. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’“
Love your neighbor.
I mean, you can’t spell it out more clearly than that.
As a young, Christian woman I have some pretty hard and fast things I stand for:
I am pro-Jesus.
I am pro-life.
And I am pro-family.
Those are three things that, much like my virginity, I will not be budging on.
But here’s where things get tricky.
We live in a country of laws. For better or for worse, we have laws to keep us safe. To keep our nation protected. To provide economic security.
And these families, crossing the border illegally, are not respecting those laws, even though many if not most (but clearly not all) are otherwise law-abiding persons. And there are consequences for breaking the law in a nation of laws.
Do I think that families should be broken up as a result, leaving children to fend for themselves or placed in foster care or other care taking facilities? Absolutely not.
The family is the highest unit of love we have here on earth. It has sanctity. It needs to be protected. And fought for.
And the thing that we need to remember here is that these families that are breaking the law are full of people. Human beings with dignity. With value.
Being pro-life means protecting the sanctity and dignity of all human life. American or not.
At the end of the day, America was built by people coming to this land from other countries, aka – immigrants. It was a safe haven for those escaping religious persecution, for those chasing a better economic future, for those seeking opportunities and hope.
And that still holds true today. And we should continue to welcome those with open arms.
This is a horribly difficult situation. God shows us mercy. Every day. Mercy. And forgiveness and love and a welcoming spirit.
And we have been commanded to love, and to imitate God and follow the example of Christ.
But what are we to do when those who we are called to love have broken the law and face the consequence of such action?
The biggest and most pressing issue right now is the children. We need to protect them from human trafficking. We need to reunite them with their parents. We need to love them and calm their fears and anxieties.
That needs to happen yesterday.
In the meantime, we need to pray. We need to pray for our government officials to figure out a solution to this incredibly difficult issue.
And we need to pray for the courage to come together to form a creative compromise.
Can we strengthen our border, but also increase the number of immigrants we let into the country legally? Can we hire more people to vet those coming into our country to drastically speed up the process of entry while identifying criminals and terrorists?
Immigrants are wonderful additions to the fabric of our nation. And our economy is booming. We have more jobs than people to fill them. Let’s welcome and increase our quota of newcomers but vet people thoroughly to keep our nation safe.
Additionally, how are we reducing the horrific practice of people being trafficked across our border? Because many of those children were part of a despicable human trafficking movement that sadly is not uncommon. What are we doing to put an end to that violence?
We need justice, but we also need mercy. We need love, but we also need fairness.
And let us remember, that before Jesus, we all were standing at the border of Heaven, unable to enter.
We were all illegal immigrants. God in His infinite love and mercy broke through the border with Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross.
So I ask, What Would Jesus Do?
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