Flash Speaks, I Respond…
I was very disappointed to see my old podcast partner make this statement on his blog;
“It’s amazing how people believe we should take care of illegal aliens yet don’t seem to care about the LEGAL citizens in our country. Including the homeless.”
Let me preface my response by first saying this. One of the things that struck me again on my latest hospital visit is that someday I’ll go in and won’t come home. It’s just the way life works…it ends in death for all of us. When that happens and my tiny legacy is debated the one thing that I hope is clear is that I tried to live according to what I believe and I didn’t shirk away from issues simply because they were unpopular. If I don’t speak, there’s no sense in being here now…
Back to Phil’s statement…which I regularly see said by others as well.
Phil, I can care about more than one thing.
As a matter of fact, when one cares deeply about any social issue concerning marginalized people it expands the heart to care about all marginalized people.
Thus, I can advocate for immigration reform and a merciful and just solution for undocumented people and have plenty of room in my heart to care about our homeless, our veterans, our mentally ill, our poor, our hungry, and any others who are suffering and need advocacy.
For me, my faith demands I do so as well.
I believe with everything in me that if one is following Jesus that He will always lead us to the places on the fringe of society where the outcasts dwell.
So, please continue to advocate for your homeless friend and others like him who cross your path….but please don’t shoot at people who are advocating for different people who need it as well.
I know your heart is larger than that…