I’ve been reading about the recent crisis of immigrant children coming into the United States. I’m not sure how recent it actually is, I’ve just become aware of it in the last week. What strikes me is how angry some people are over this situation. I don’t know what the solution is -I think the people in Washington DC have a tough journey ahead of them trying to come up with legislation.
What concerns me is the churches reaction.
John 13:34-35 says ” By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
*That is the distinguishing mark of a Christian.
1 John 3:17-18 says ” But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.”
*Those verses say that isn’t isn’t enough to just feel love for other people – we need to show it.
Zechariah 7:9-10 says “This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.”
*Those verses spell out how to love other people.
I agree that there needs to be reform to the current immigration laws. In the meantime, I hope the church can find a way to care for those already here. I would jump at the chance to house a child while they go they go through the process of finding out if they are staying in the US or heading back to their families. I hope I have a chance to help in some way. And I hope the church or para-church organizations step up and help in this crisis. My heart aches for these children and their situation. And for well meaning Christians who don’t seem to be able to see this as an opportunity to love the way the Bible clearly tells us to.