Well. I tried. I tried so hard to not say anything. I really did.
You guys I’m all about government officials creating foreign policy based on what they believe is in the country’s best interest. I’m not saying I always agree with it, but I can at least try to respect a decision made for honest reasons. (Unless the decision is completely evil, like separating children and parents and locking people in cages.) Also?
Not a fan of Sarah Sanders and the Trump administration’s claims that they’re separating families at the US/Mexico border because its “very biblical to enforce the law. That is actually repeated a number of times throughout the Bible.” Or Jeff Sessions’ little chestnut from the book of Romans about government officials being ordained by God for the purpose of order.
Ohhhh Kill me. DEAD.
I cannot with White House folk quoting scripture and falling back on “Christian principals” in order to defend the cruelty of the policies they created.
2 things: God gave us the words in the Bible. But because words just couldn’t cover everything, he gave us the Word Made Flesh: Jesus Christ. And that guy? Would not be too pleased about children and parents being treated the way our country is treating them. Cause, you know, that whole thing about every person being made in the image of God (however illegal). And the story of the Good Samaritan. And also the Beatitudes, plus the entire Sermon on the mount.
A god that condones the separation of children from their parents, or a god who turns away thousands of people fleeing their homes who are desperate to escape the tyranny and danger of their own country?
Is not my God.
Come to think of it, there’s not a verse in the Bible where Jesus says “Treat people like animals if that’s what the law requires, because Caesar is Lord over Me plus it’s in the OT. Why am I even here again?Geez, it’s almost like you guys need Me to show you a different way to live.”
And if we can’t take Jesus’s word for it, let’s reflect on the book of James. Chapter 1 verse 27 says “Pure and undefined religion in the sight of God is this: to look after orphans and widows in their time of need, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”
“To look after orphans and widows”–I think it goes without saying that we’re meant to take care of all people in distress, no matter where they come from. I definitely don’t need the government to measure my obedience to Christ based on whether or not I agree with their heinous laws and practices.
And let’s talk about about James 2:13: “Judgement will be merciless for the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgement.”
MERCY TRIUMPHS OVER JUDGEMENT.
The Bible is super convenient when we can quote a verse that suits our purposes. But what about the really hard verses that tell us to love our enemies, to pray for those who persecute us? The chapters upon chapters and books upon books speaking out against injustice and against the satanic forces at work through the super powers of the day and age? What about lessons on forgiveness, and of turning the other cheek?
If we’re quoting the Bible for any reason, we can’t forget that Jesus was the embodiment of God’s loving grace and mercy. We must realize that we are the Romans, wielding our weapons and flaunting our power and sacrificing our humanity in the name of national security.
We must always remember that Jesus’s death on the cross points us to a newand better way: love.