God's Call to Welcome the Stranger - "I'm A Chinese Cowboy With A Southern Accent"
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In our nation we are subjected to so much hate and division concerning immigrants. We are still a wealthy nation yet we have become selfish and tribal.
As a Christian we are not called to exclude people just because a political party of politician says so.
Our Lord has said:
The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them as their God; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them.”
There are many more scriptures.
Read the article with many excellent links: Christian views of immigration
We Americans have been coddled for the most part and have an arrogant and misinformed understanding of other peoples needs. If we as Christians or unbelievers have any empathy we will see that if we were in the same situation we would be doing the same thing. The Writer Orson Scott Card wrote this back in 2013 and it applies today:
"So what is this vile crime of “illegal immigration” that requires us to throw out hard-working people who do jobs that no American was willing to do (not at those wages, anyway, not while living in that housing)?
It consists of crossing over an arbitrary line that somebody drew in the dirt a century and a half ago. On one side of the line, poverty, hopelessness, a social system that keeps you living as a peasant, keeps your children uneducated and doomed to the same miserable life you have — or worse.
Wouldn’t you take any risk to get across that line?
We Americans, what exactly did we do to earn our prosperity, our freedom? Well, for most of us, what we did was: be born.
Yeah, we work for our living and pay our taxes and all that, but you know what? I haven’t seen many native-born American citizens who work as hard as the Mexican-born people I see working in minimum-wage jobs in laundries and yard services and intermittent subcontracting projects and other semi-skilled and unskilled positions.
I have no idea which (if any) of the people I see doing this work are legals and which are illegals — but that’s my point. Latin American immigrants, as a group, are hard-working, family-centered, God-fearing people who contribute mightily to our economy
And if all you can say to that is, “It doesn’t matter, send them all home, give them no hope of citizenship because we don’t want to reward people for breaking the law to enter our country,” then here’s my answer to you:
Let’s apply that standard across the board. No mercy. No extenuating circumstances. No sense of punishment that is proportionate to the crime. Let’s handle traffic court that way.
The penalty for breaking any traffic law, from now on, is: revocation of your license and confiscation of your car. Period. DWI? Well, we already do that (though usually for something like the nineteenth offense). But now let’s punish speeders the same way. Driving 50 in a school zone — lose your license and your car! Driving 70 in a 65 zone on the freeway? No license, no car. Not coming to a full stop at an intersection? No license, no car.
No mercy, no exceptions, no consideration for the differences between traffic offenders.
Oh, you don’t want to live under those rules? Well, you can’t deny that people would take the driving laws much more seriously, right?
“But it wouldn’t be fair!” you reply.
That’s right. It wouldn’t be fair. Yet that’s exactly the same level of fairness that I hear an awful lot of Americans demanding in order to curtail the problem of illegal immigration." from the blog article: Orson Scott Card on Immigration
Watch this video as an immigrant, thankful and happy to be an American, to be in America and what he does to fit in. Bruce basically worships our culture and lifestyle. Thank you Bruce for pointing out to us how narrow minded we often are. Welcome to America!