Kevin’s Conversations: WWJD On The Border

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21 Responses

  1. Duane Arnold says:

    Kevin

    Many thanks. You are doing God’s work in writing this…

  2. Kevin H says:

    Thank you, Duane.

  3. Dan from Georgia says:

    All true Kevin. All true. Thanks for bringing a calm a Biblical voice to this issue.

  4. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Kevin, thanks for writing the article. I will probably be labeled the bad guy but what the heck.
    I don’t see anywhere where Jesus provoked his followers to dispute government policies or actions. I don’t think he wrote letters to the editor to rail against the latest unjust action by the Pilate administration.
    I see only Jesus telling us, his followers what to do when we are confronted with the poor, sick, widowed and orphaned.
    Who here today actually fed a hungry person? Anyone? Who here offered medical attention to someone who needed it? Anyone? Who here today visited the orphaned or the aged in a home today? Anyone?
    Who here complained about the border situation? Everyone?

  5. Michael says:

    MLD,

    Those here who did acts of mercy wouldn’t talk about it on a blog…

    I find it odd that many of the same folks who would applaud anti abortion political activism are often the ones who tell me the I shouldn’t invoke Christ on other moral/political issues…

  6. Michael says:

    Kevin,

    Many thanks for writing this.
    I was taking the cowards way out today…God bless you and yours.

  7. Kevin H says:

    MLD,

    I do think it is a greater imperative how we as individual Christians and as church communities treat the poor and needy. However, part of that would be looking out for and trying to protect those who are being mistreated, especially those who have little or no means to protect themselves. And when that mistreatment is being done by a government that is a representative of us as a people, then I believe it is only righteous for the people (including Christians) to speak up and implore the government to end its wrongful behavior that is hurting people.

  8. Kevin H says:

    You’re welcome, Michael. And thank you for helping to educate us on immigration issues over all these years.

  9. Kevin H says:

    Dan, thank you for your feedback.

  10. Em says:

    What would Jesus do indeed. This is not a problem that lends itself to theories nor ideals. When families were detained intact in the recent past the conditions were terrible. We’re focusing on the individual heartbreak… The problem that must first be solved is how to administer this compassion to so many all at once. Even Jesus would have to resort to His divine powers to achieve what our hearts desire to see …
    Or so it seems to me today….

    We are, i think, seeing the beginnings of a whole new dynamic in the kingdoms of this world…. overwhelming for me and a sober contemplation for Believers… Perhaps a good time to spend some time with MLD’s topic here? Dunno… could be… ?

  11. Em says:

    I was interrupted in typing – i didn’t see MLD’s comment #4 – I was referring to his weekly Revelation studies… ?

  12. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    About the deeds of mercy, those were rhetorical questions – but when I think about it more we don’t even do them we have turned that responsibility over to the government.

    Abortion is a funny issue and those who lobby the government are not acting as Christians. I speak to people and speak out against abortion as a failure to understand natural law and as a society that has gone completely against out conscience.
    There is no government remedy for that – only the churches teaching of how to respond to your conscience – that law written on your heart.

  13. Kevin H says:

    Em,

    There may not be a feasible solution for the government to give a full measure of compassion to every single needy person and family. But I do think we can and must do better in some of the ways we are treating needy immigrants, most specifically right now in the manner in which we are separating so many children from their parents. We don’t have to let perfect get in the way of doing better.

  14. Cash says:

    Kevin H–Great, balanced article and I agree with Duane, you are doing the work of God in this writing today.

  15. Em says:

    Kevin, yes. I believe there is Scripture that instructs that, if you see a need that you can meet and you don’t do, you have sinned. So your point is well made.
    But i’m not sure that we can change the dynamic we’re addressing… If you are confronted with a person whose wounds need addressing, you’d better help all you can. If you are confronted with tens of thousands who are wounded, you’d better help all you can… but logic says you won’t be able impact the situation to any great degree.
    Taking the government at their word that the children are being well cared for and will be returned to their parents as soon as possible – days, not months – i ask myself if i would prefer to keep my child with me even if it meant other children with adults not their parents would find themselves turned over to gangs and the sex trade.
    It isn’t easy in any sense of the word. God help us all… ?

  16. Kevin H says:

    Thanks, Cash.

    Em, as I’ve stated before and I’m sure you agree, there are no easy answers or solutions to our quandary on the southern border. I have little faith in our government that they could ever proficiently make a sweeping positive impact on all those involved. I do believe, however, we can minimize the worst of the negative impacts, and right now I believe we are seriously trending in the wrong direction in that regard.

  17. Jerod says:

    Kevin H – Thanks for writing this. It reminds me and mine of what the issue really comes down to. A student can only emulate his master.

    Children always make for lots of political footbal.
    If only both sides would shut up, put up, sit down and just change the law. Build family shelters/barracks for those claiming asylum and awaiting trial.

    Forgive me for posting Keith Green lyrics, but I think they are timely.

    Do you see, do you see
    All the people sinking down
    Don’t you care, don’t you care
    Are you gonna let them drown

    How can you be so numb
    Not to care if they come
    You close your eyes
    And pretend the job’s done

    “Oh bless me Lord, bless me Lord”
    You know it’s all I ever hear
    No one aches, no one hurts
    No one even sheds one tear

    But He cries, He weeps, He bleeds
    And He cares for your needs
    And you just lay back
    And keep soaking it in,
    Oh, can’t you see it’s such a sin?

    Cause He brings people to you door,
    And you turn them away
    As you smile and say,
    “God bless you, be at peace”
    And all heaven just weeps
    Cause Jesus came to your door
    You’ve left him out on the streets

    Open up open up
    And give yourself away
    You see the need, you hear the cries
    So how can you delay

    God’s calling and you’re the one
    But like Jonah you run
    He’s told you to speak
    But you keep holding it in,
    Oh can’t you see it’s such a sin?

    The world is sleeping in the dark
    That the church just can’t fight
    Cause it’s asleep in the light
    How can you be so dead
    When you’ve been so well fed
    Jesus rose from the grave
    And you, you can’t even get out of bed

    Oh, Jesus rose from the dead
    Come on, get out of your bed

    How can you be so numb
    Not to care if they come
    You close your eyes
    And pretend the job’s done
    You close your eyes
    And pretend the job’s done

    Don’t close your eyes
    Don’t pretend the jobs done
    Come away, come away, come away with Me my love,
    Come away, from this mess, come away with Me, my love

  18. Good to see you writing again.

  19. Kevin H says:

    Thanks, Josh. Just too bad I couldn’t write that article about the NBA Champion 76ers. 😉

    That whole weird Bryan Colangelo saga had me thinking, though, if I could somehow spin that one into an article. Alas, nothing good came to mind. 🙂

  20. Anchored says:

    Our government has to come up with a policy that both protects and defends its borders at the same time allowing for opportunity. That is not an easy task by any stretch of the imagination. Add in a labyrinth of bureaucracy with 317 different agendas and you can see why things are a bit of a mess. The question that I ask myself, what can ‘I’ do?
    If I don’t have direct access to these people in need, who does? Are there any churches or ministries who are more directly involved that I can support?
    My personal breakdown of support is.. direct involvement > material involvement > audible involvement >financial involvement >digital involvement >spiritual involvement.
    I want to help people, but there is only so much I can do. Bringing things to the Lord first, helps me to see what He wants me to do.

  21. Em says:

    Something nags at me and wont go away… How are these people able to trek 2,000+ miles thru a nation thar does not welcome them, arriving t our border in relatively good condition? Incredibly sturdy race of people.

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