Sunday, April 9

IMMIGRATION REFORM: WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?

Dr. Bruce Prescott points us to this essay on the immigration reform issue by Albert Reyes, President of the Baptist University of the Americas in San Antonio:

The current immigration reform debate should be informed by a question that goes to the heart of the issue: Does Jesus still have a mission to the poor, the prisoner, the blind, and the oppressed?

The last time I checked my Bible Jesus announced his agenda to preach good news to the poor, to proclaim freedom for those in prison, to give sight to the blind, and liberty to the oppressed (Lk 4:14).

In fact, my Bible also tells me that Jesus was an international refugee within the first year of his life. His father and mother took him from Bethlehem to Egypt to flee infanticide as well as political and religious oppression. The Bible does not specify whether or not Jesus' parents were required to present immigration documents when they reached the Egyptian border.

The core issue at the center of the immigration reform debate is justice. Where is our American sense of decency, the value of basic human rights, our love for children and families and fairness toward under-privileged newcomers?
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We tend to enforce the law on those that may not break the law purposefully and we have a track record of rewarding those who ignore the law to generate wider profit margins. Our current laws put both the employer and the worker between the proverbial rock and a hard place producing an obvious ethical dilemma.
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Protect our borders? Absolutely! Mistreat the poor? Absolutely not!


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5 Comments:

Blogger the white voice said...

Wow, some powerful thoughts.

12:07 PM  
Blogger Motherlode said...

Yes. Christianity is a lot harder than some would admit. It calls us to act against our darker natures. The good part is "we have the mind of Jesus" to guide us.

The hard part is we're still free to ignore it.

5:20 PM  
Blogger TheRightToMyOpinion said...

Many people find the whole argument worthless. Illegals, Ignorant for the most part..underpaid and overworked...but Illegal being the key word in the sentence. You are American so laugh ...but it is not funny...these are people who are deserving of compassion and forgiveness. Platitudes do not fit..so you say. But, these are the tired the hungry the poor yearning for the freedom we cherish. I say let them find a way to enter legally. As for the foolish Congress...let them eat mud. They have lost touch with mainstream America and will always do the politically correct thing...God help us if we let thm get away with it.

5:22 PM  
Blogger Motherlode said...

As to the illegality, I am tired of wingnuts declaring that as if we're talking about criminal behavior. We're talking about a civil law violation. And what the House bill wants to change is to make violaters criminal felons. AND those who show them mercy, criminal felons.

Les Miserables, anyone?

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