America claims to be a Christian nation; a nation founded on religious values. But I wonder is it really. Given the reaction of many Americans to the Children seeking a new life from the violence in Central America I have to wonder.
Too often in America we act more like the Pharisees who put on a good show of obeying the laws but who show little understanding of God’s mercy. They would rather condemn those who failed to follow the nuances of law, but turned their backs on those less fortunate chasing them from the our borders as being not worthy.
As Christians we tend to forget the teaching of Christ, of the love he showdc towards those less fortunate. How many remember the parable of the Good Samaritan. Let me help refresh your memory:
Luke 10:25-37New International Version (NIV)
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
Read more at https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+10%3A25-37&version=NIV#j57to34oP0RQytE3.99
How many of us really pay attention to Christ admonishment that “we should love thy neighbor as thyself” or the teachings of the Old Testament teaching from Leviticus 19:18, “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.”
Oh you mean it doesn’t mean we should love those people seeking a new better life, fleeing violence, in which they still see America as the bastion of freedom as proclaimed in Emma Lazarus’ famous poem:
The New Colossus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
No the attitude displayed by too many professing to call themselves Christian is anything but. They should be ashamed of themselves, but they won’t. They are so blinded by their hatred and bigotry they cannot see they have become the Pharisees and are turning their backs on those who Christ commands us to love as thyself.