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Immigration and Love

Psalm 91:2

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

photo on 6-11-19 at 10.52 amWell – I will be away from the blog page for about a week. I hope you miss me – or at least the week day devotional thoughts. I will have a lot to share when I return. Catching up on some reading – some podcasts and some golf (oh – and time with family).

In today’s political climate – and on the Elder’s page I frequent on Facebook – one of the debate subjects is over the current immigration process on our southern border. Some are horrified over children being detained separate from those presenting themselves to be their parents (in other words – not all presenting themselves as their parents are really their parents). It has been documented that some are simply bringing children with them to try and get past the border and some are bringing children north for slavery and sex trafficking too. It is a horrific situation. There are also real families seeking asylum – and we need to treat them with honor and respect.

Of course – the policy in place at this time is from previous administrations and needs to be changed – but until it is changed – this administration is trying to enforce the current laws. Some state administrations have ignored the laws altogether. Sounds like the United Methodist Church where some disagree with the laws of the church yet ignore the law.

Some are appalled at children being taken from their parents by this administration – yet didn’t say a word when it was being done by the previous administrations. I’m really trying to not be political. Yet – it seems like you can’t turn on the TV or read social media without someone getting political these days.

Some of those illegally passing over our borders say they are seeking asylum – fleeing from an oppressive government in their homeland. Yet – there is a legal process to seek asylum in the United States which doesn’t include illegally crossing the border of our land. Some would suggest open borders – some would go to the other extreme and close the borders (the wall). Hopefully congress will create some laws and they will be enforced that will find a happy medium and solve some of our issues. According to some – we already have some very generous immigration laws. What do you think?

In the midst of this discussion – on legal and illegal immigration – we might ponder from where does our help come? Is our help or salvation in a new address or in a new country? Is the answer to our problems where we live? Will things be better if we can simply enter America? For some – maybe this is the answer – yet some who come into our country – illegally – bring more crime and danger with them – making those who are here less safe. Where can we seek help and hope? Is our help in humanity? Is it in our country?

Today’s passage is about finding refuge in God. Here is today’s passage in partial context. Psalm 91:1–16 – 1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. 5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. 9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, 10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. 11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; 12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. 14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. 15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

Our refuge should not be in anything of this earth. Our place of security is in our relationship with Jesus. Our faith and our patriotism often find common ground and often do not. I don’t have too many answers. I do know that the answers to our immigration issues is above my pay grade as I often say. I do wish those who are paid to make such decisions would work together in a bipartisan way for what is best for American and for the people of the world (if that is possible).

I’ve written lately about love – even loving our enemies. We are to love one another – even those who are opposed to how we think. I didn’t find too much love being expressed – even on the Elder’s page recently over this issue. Each side was determined to prove they were right and there was little listening to others. Some were even demeaning to others – saying if others didn’t agree with their thinking they were simply wrong and at times even evil. I pray for us to be more loving. I pray for the political parties of our land to find more common ground and less to argue over each moment of each day.

We must approach our border control – our immigration policies – with love. Grace and mercy are essential. Bipartisan work is so important. Let’s pray about our response and our discussions.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

P.S. – No posts next week! Read some old ones at raymcdonald.wordpress.com.

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