The story has been told for hundreds if not thousands of years. A small baby is delivered and left at the door of an orphanage. In the still of the night and under cover of darkness, a parent determines that life would be better under the care and supervision of another. The parent knowing they would be turned away if they approached the orphanage with child in hand, risks everything by abandoning the child at the doorstep of mercy.
This often told story in books, television and film is being played out by the thousands each day along the US and Mexican border. Parents, in the hope of a better life for their child are journeying hundreds and thousands of miles, suffering heat and hunger, marauder and slave trader, deviant and thief all in an attempt to leave their child at the orphanage doorstep of the United States of America.
Poor, destitute and without resources these people from Mexico and other countries south have made this an all or nothing proposition. Some may perceive this as a run to the border for “free stuff”. Others may see this as “Give me liberty or give me death”. In either case there are thousands, tens of thousands of children, poor and hurting souls risking life and limb for a chance at life.
What is a Christian to do?
“Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.” (Psalm 82:3-4).
There are no borders to God’s love and righteousness. Truth is universal. Unfortunately the border crisis has been caused by man and his politics. Both are an outgrowth of worldly principles, devices and schemes. The end result of man and his politics has been the border crisis. But we have to back up to get to the cause of the problem. What horrible conditions do these people live in to risk what they do to get here? What has their country done or failed to do to inspire such a mass exodus. Why are their home countries apparently doing nothing to help its citizens?
The United States has an immediate crisis on its hands. The US and Mexican border is swelling with hurt and destitute people. But these are not Refugees. A refugee is someone forced to leave due to war, persecution or some horrendous disaster. The people at the border are none of these things. But they are down trodden, hurt and without resources.
What is a Christian to do?
“Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.” (Isaiah 1:17)
We need to “learn” how to do well for our fellow man. Jesus said to Love thy neighbor! In so doing we must right a wrong (Seek judgment) of the oppressed. Vindicate and defend (judge) the fatherless and homeless. Guide and protect (Plead) the widow and defenseless.
In short, we are to be Christ like. We are to love, uplift, edify and help. It is our religion.
“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world” (James 1:27).
The United States has a crisis at its border. People, God’s creation need help. Be very careful not to let man’s politics, anger, pride just plain old sin to interfere with what should be done in the eyes of the Lord. The cause of the problem isn’t at the border, that’s the end result of the real problem. But a Christian cannot ignore the tragedy of the human condition because of man and his politics. It would literally go against our religion.
“O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the Lord” (Jeremiah 22:29).
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