July 13, 2014

Dear Liberty,

     Over the past month the United States has experienced an enormous influx of illegal aliens from Central and South America, with an overwhelming number of unaccompanied minors in the mix of extremely violent gang members and terrorists.  While the administration says it is working on a situation, boarder towns are being flooded, the feds are transporting hundreds of illegals all over America dumping them in cities with just a few hours notice, boarder agents are threatened with their jobs if they talk about or take pictures of what is happening, only Democrat Congressmen pushing amnesty are allowed to visit the refugee camps, threatening diseases are being re-introduced to the country in record numbers, and boarder guards are commanded to stand down and allow easy access to those crossing the boarder.  In the meantime, the President is traveling the country fundraising and demanding amnesty.  He even had three events in Texas but refused to visit any boarder town.

     Conservative radio and TV personality Glenn Beck has ruffled a few feathers of his own as he has decided to take help to the churches and towns crying for relieve from this onslaught.  Mind you, he is also still calling for the return of these lawbreakers to their countries.  What is quite interesting is how many of his frequent listeners are very much in disagreement with his decision to go to the boarder with food and toys while those who never have a kind word about him are agreeing with his action and calling him Christ-like.  This sparks a very interesting debate.

     As Christians we are suppose to love our enemies as well as our neighbors and help them in their time of need.  But at what point does helping someone actually encourage their bad, and in this case illegal and dangerous, behavior?  I would like to put the Christian argument on the back burner for just a moment and look at this situation from a different angle.  

     As a conservative my principles have always stemmed from the belief that government should be as uninvolved as possible with as minimal power imaginable.  To have that tenet one must accept responsibility falls on individual citizens, churches and charities to look after the poor, the hungry, and yes, sometimes even the lawbreakers.  When an administration wants to acquire power from the people, a crisis is often created and upon people demanding a solution, those in power raise their fists and smash individual freedom to bits. 

     The citizens of America must stand up, roll up their sleeves and work together to overcome this inundation of not only children but vicious gang members and radical extremists.  If we do, how much stronger will our voices be when we stand hand in hand with the children we have fed and clothed and then say, “We love them, but they must be sent back home.”  Those who continue to just fight against the government with words will be demeaned by politicians as doing nothing to solve the problem.  And the politicians will be right.  We must fight with our actions as well as our words.  

     Returning to the matter of What Would Jesus Do?, there are several examples of Christ’s behavior being referenced as evidence for one point of view or the other.  Those supporting efforts to help the boarder towns recite the Good Samaritan story as well as all the dinners and gatherings Jesus had with prostitutes, tax collectors, and basically the worst sinners he could find.  Others recall moments of Jesus’ anger as confirmation that we cannot support this behavior in any way. 

     While Jesus did turn tables over in the temple and rebuked church leaders, one must remember the context of those cases.  Jesus was reprimanding those who knew the law, even taught the law, not to mention the leaders of the people.  They were the ones intended by God to be ministering to the prostitutes, tax collectors and sinners themselves, but they were too saturated with power and the desire for more to listen to the truth.  Hence, Jesus’ anger in their stubbornness and lawlessness.  

     So which examples of Jesus do we follow?  Both.  When Jesus saved the adulterer, he did not overlook her actions.  He told her, “Go and sin no more.”  We do not overlook the actions of the children or adults entering this country illegally.  We can love them but let them know they must not sin, or break the law, anymore.  Whose hearts did Jesus touch more deeply, the leaders or the sinners?  But more importantly, who were more likely to turn from their sins after Jesus’ demonstration of love?

     America is great because Americans are great.  We need to be greater now than we’ve ever been before.  Americans have always extended a hand to all nations, convinced it is our moral obligation to help those everywhere in the world when we can.  This is a principled understanding possessed by believers and non-believers alike by the mere fact our country was founded on Judeo-Christian standards.  These ethics are woven into the fabric of our culture that all have benefited from regardless of race, creed, color or nationality. 

     We the People can take power back from the government, including Congress, by doing the right thing ourselves.  That is why churches are opening their doors to feed and clothe the children.  Meanwhile, militias from all over the country our going to the boarder to stand hand in hand in efforts to stop the hemorrhaging of those entering America illegally.  If the government won’t do this one, Constitutionally commanded duty, then Americans will.  So when the politicians try to say we need legislation to correct the problem, we will have every evidence to say, “Why?  We already solved it.”

     That, my dear Liberty, is how you keep your freedom.

     That’s my 2 cents.