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  1. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    The church can never win. As my wife drove me home yesterday from my colonoscopy I was listening to some guy blaming the border situation on the American churches (he specifically mentioned Lutheran and Catholic social services working on both sides of the border giving what he called aid and comfort to the immigrants, covering for them and helping them process entry into the US.

    His take on it was this was bad faith on the part of churches who set up 503c non profits to gain access to taxpayer funds – and then he said, which has nothing to do with religion.

    What are you going to do? Don’t help enough = perpetuating the problem. Help too much = perpetuates the problem.

  2. Michael says:

    You do what God calls you to do…and turn off the radio.

  3. Duane Arnold says:


    You know what this means more than many of us…

    “It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice. He sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest wall of oppression and resistance.”
    Robert F. Kennedy

    Keep sending forth those “ripples of hope”…

  4. Michael says:

    Thank you much, Duane.

    Spookily (again) I had just copied that quote to paste it elsewhere…

  5. Duane Arnold says:

    This is getting very strange… but in a good way 🙂

  6. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    BTW guys & gals – a detail to my post at #1. If you are due or overdue for your colonoscopy get it scheduled. This was my 3rd but I keep putting it back on my bucket list 🙂

  7. JoelG says:

    I always wondered how you became so passionate about border issues. Thank you for sharing this.

  8. Michael says:


    That’s the blessedly short version… 🙂

  9. Em says:

    When i was a child i learned about India’s caste system and was immediately grateful that i didn’t have to live in the street and beg….
    Now we have U.S. citizens living in the streets – some are addicts, some should be housed in mental facilities and too many are able bodied victims of something very weird and frightening going on in our economy….

    For a fact we have “undocumented” chronically ill people receiving free first class treatment from people who cannot afford a trip to the chiropractor for relief from back injuries incurred taking care of them or even a trip to the dentist for an aching tooth, let alone the sky high health insurance premiums.
    This situation is not the fault of the fortunate undocumented who made it into the country at all. It is, however, a warning of an out of wack economic system.
    What Michael is impacted by south of our border is not too far from emerging here. It seems to me things are fast going upside down and out of control. If one is a Christian and is not praying every day for those who run the show to bless and not curse us… ?… dunno… and, yes, do all the mercy and charity you can, but pray for this nation, too. But for the grace of God………

  10. Em says:

    I should have added that the people in Michael’s TGIF today ARE like us. Not only are they like us, they are us… Different in color? maybe Different in music? Maybe Different in diet favorites? Maybe..
    The elephant man cries out in the movie, “I am not an animal! I am a human being!” More extreme, but same principle

  11. Cash says:

    But what does the Lord require of you..but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8

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