Recently, President Trump justified the use of tear gas at the border because those protecting the border were “being rushed by some very tough people”.
He continued to justify the action by saying, “”I do say — why are they there? First of all, the tear gas is a very minor form of the tear gas itself — it’s very safe, the ones that were suffering to a certain extent were the people that were putting it out there. But you really say, why is a parent running up into an area where they know the tear gas is forming, and it’s going to be formed, and they’re running up with a child? “In some cases, you know, they’re not the parents. These are people, they call ’em ‘grabbers’ — they grab the child, because they think they’re gonna have a certain status by having a child. You know, you have certain advantages and things with our crazy laws that frankly Congress should be changing. You know, if you change the laws, you wouldn’t have this problem.”
I believe President Trump is correct in asking “why are they there?” If we are going to promote ourselves as a Christian nation, we should be concerned and working to address the oppressive, violent and dangerous living conditions those in the caravan are fleeing. I disagree with everything else he said after his initial question.
Rather than changing laws, we need to be changing hearts. Rather than finding ways to keep people out, we need to be finding ways to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, care for the orphan and widow…
So, let me get this straight…these are “some very tough people”?
And, just so we’re clear, these are “some very fine people”?
Matthew 25:41-46- “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”