And Jesus said unto them…

A headline on a national news network’s web page quoted a woman from Murietta, California, who was protesting the arrival of dozens of women and children who sought to enter the U.S. illegally. She said “I just wish America would be America again because it’s not…” Does she wish for America to be like it was when there was no immigration policy? Does she want it to be like America when immigration was encouraged? Does she want it to be like America when France gave it a statue which holds in her hand a tablet with writing that begins “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses…” Or does she wish for America to be like it was when 10,000 separate nations roamed its landmass?
Perhaps she’d prefer it be when the Spanish owned California and Texas, and the French the Louisiana territory. Maybe she just pines for the day when men in hooded cloaks wrapped themselves in flags and burned their holy crosses or lynched those unwelcome in their country. She goes on to say it’s not about the immigrants, but about the failed federal efforts to protect the nation from these criminal women and children seeking refuge from violent and poverty stricken homelands.
The fine folks of Lawrenceburg, Virginia were equally successful in turning away a group of immigrants from using a shuttered college. And folks from across the nation supported them in their efforts to deport those who sought refuge, as I’m sure others did when Cuba and the United States turned away the SS St. Louis with its load of Jewish refugees in the days preceding WWII.
Ah, but I forget the assertions from so many on the internet and elsewhere that this is a Christian nation by birth. So it was intended that we follow the words and actions of Christ in the handling of our affairs. We must remember his words:
“Verily, I say unto thee; go forth and arm yourselves! Secure your borders and turn away those who seek refuge.”
Ok, so that’s not what he said, but one would think, based on the reactions of this “Christian Nation”, He might have. We all know what he really said, but once again, our nationalism and desire to protect our earthly treasures transcend our majority’s devotion to Christ
I can say it no better than Stephen Colbert: “If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.”
Let’s stop calling ours a “Christian Nation”, or start acting like one, damn it!

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About bjbundy2014

"And for all I know he is sitting there still, under his favorite cork tree, smelling the flowers just quietly. He is very happy." -Munro Leaf in Ferdinand the Bull
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