“Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.”
— Romans 13:10, NRSV
It’s been a rough week. The issue of immigration has flared up again in our national conversation, especially after Jeff Sessions misused Christian Scripture to justify the actions of the U.S. border patrol. This post is not going to address Sessions’ cherry-picking of Scripture. It honestly isn’t that surprising, and anyone who has read the Bible knows that it is not the literary work to quote when seeking to deport mass amounts of people (as these are the “aliens” in our midst we are repeatedly charged with caring for in passages such as Leviticus 19). Further, the Bible is not a legitimate collection of documents to use for the justification of national policy. We are not a theocracy, which is good, as those always fail.
I was going to write a whole post addressing this immigration question from a Christian standpoint, but I honestly don’t think I have the heart or energy for this one, as the advice is the same for any other consideration we have to make. If we do not take a God and person-centered approach to our conversations on immigration, gun control, the death penalty, and any other “controversial” topic that costs lives, nothing is going to get any better.
It all boils down to understanding the necessity of keeping love, compassion, and justice at the center of who we are and what we do, both individually and collectively. As you go out into this week, and as you are surrounded by a whirlwind of politically charged conversation, it is my prayer that you remember and honor God’s very simple request: Love Him, love each other, and live accordingly. Let your faith loose on your life. Call your representatives, volunteer, make amends, and give like crazy. I’ll try and do the same, and let’s see where we end up.