A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-26-18
What’s Happening: “The Administration finally released Thursday the long-promised details on a starting point for negotiations on immigration reform: 1.8 million “dreamers” can be on a long path to citizenship, limited immigration for spouses and children only (no other “chain migration”), $25 Billion in trust funds for a border wall (and beefed up security on our borders – more technology and border guards, etc.), and an elimination of the visa lottery system, etc. (https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/25/politics/white-house-immigration-framework/index.html). The White House termed it a ‘dramatic concession’ and a ‘compromise.’”
Knee-jerk Response: “The devil’s always in the details!”
Biblical Response: “You may be right…in any case it’s a long way from done…whatever compromise is agreed to must get at least 60 votes in the Senate and whatever House changes are made still have to be signed by the President. I’d say we were still a long way from the ‘details.’”
“Christians? Should we be merciful? Of course! (Matt. 10:8) I mean, who doesn’t want to live in ‘Disneyland’ (read; America)? However, it’s not enough to want to get free stuff paid for by taxpayers, immigrants must also assimilate (read: speak English), make a valuable contribution to our society (read: merit-based immigration), put America first (before the country they came from), be non-felons, …the list could go on.
Sounds like you are making a lot of conditions for immigrants…this is ‘Disneyland,’ isn’t it? I mean, they could go home.”
Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray: “Heavenly Father, help us to see people for what they are dead set on becoming…we weren’t anything to write home about when we first arrived, either; in Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent
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