There are anchor people on certain networks complaining about and blaming protestors for disrupting the private lives of Administration officials – as if this is disconnected from actions the Administration is taking.
The Supreme Court ruled that the Administration’s travel ban was legal. Children, who seek asylum and are trying to escape from violence, are housed in cages with little hope of ever being reunited with their families. There are reports of increased violence against Muslims, African-Americans, and those with foreign ancestry – harassment for being who they are. The Administration admitting that there are planned detention centers. ICE raids in businesses. The President stating that people don’t deserve a hearing and should be deported immediately – regardless of whether they are a citizen or not.
Is this what it means to make America great again?
Is this what you believe it means to be a follower of Christ?
Do these facts and questions make you uncomfortable? Are you angry that I bring them up? Are you coming up with excuses and rationalizing these activities? Are you telling yourself that these things will make you safer?
Were you unsafe before these things? How so? How exactly are they making you safer? I want you to actually voice it so that we can all hear the reasoning. So that you can hear your own words and what thy really mean. Be really clear.
How many more of these things are needed until you reach this mythical state of safety?
At what point do these actions actually make us less safe? If you don’t realize it, we have already moved to that point.
What is it with this idol-like worship of safety anyway? Jesus certainly doesn’t call us to safety. He calls us to be risky – to be vulnerable. To take up our cross. There is no safety in following Christ.
Who is safer as a result of these actions? Not even the people who they are designed for. Because when our government can impose such actions on a group or groups of people, then where does it end? When will you be the threat and need to be removed?
Is this really about trying to keep us safe? Then where is the concern about safety for the asylum seeker? Where is the concern for the safety of African-Americans who are just living their lives but are having the police called on them by white people? Where is the concern for the safety of those who wish to carry out their freedom of speech in opposition to these actions?
Why do we seem more concerned with patriotic displays of nationalism, rather than the safety of our military personnel when we start insulting our allies. Are we not putting them in harm’s way unnecessarily?
Why are we not concerned with the safety of our veterans – many who find themselves homeless, hopeless, addicted, and many completing suicide? Granted, this has been going on for many years. But it certainly hasn’t improved in the last two years. It continues as it did before. We are really good at taking a civilian and making them into a soldier to do things that most people would never want to do, nor should have to do. We are terrible about taking that soldier and making them into a civilian again and giving them the support they need. Too often we toss them aside once our leaders are done using them for their dirty work. We don’t honor them, we scapegoat them. What does it say about a country and it’s concern for safety when we have private organizations that are dedicated to helping homeless veterans. Homeless veterans – let those two words sink in. Why are any veterans homeless at all? Is this how we treat those who are most loyal to the country – who gave up years of their lives and risked their lives, for the country and what it supposedly stands for? This is how they are repaid. Lost, hopeless, forgotten, and in the way. And we are supposed enjoy the pomp and circumstance of flag waving?
And we claim to be concerned about safety and civility? What part of any of these actions is civilized or safe? Or patriotic? Or following Christ?
Why are we more concerned with the safety of some privileged people who don’t want to be uncomfortable or inconvenienced, rather than the safety of all – including those considered to be “others” by those same privileged people?
We have a serious problem in our nation. A sickness that is getting worse. A disease that is spreading. But it is not new. It has been operating under the surface for a while, but now is full-blown – no shame. And we aren’t taking any medication for it. Instead we are feeding it. We are lying to ourselves and saying that we feel great again.
In reality, we are advancing towards our own death and cheering loudly for it. If we continue, we will reach a point that we become terminal. And I’m not even sure we’ll have the benefit of hospice care at that point. We’ll get what we deserve – to be thrown out with the trash. That’s where we are headed if we continue on this course.
Prophecy isn’t about having some kind of special knowledge from God. It’s looking at where we have been, where we are, and seeing what’s next if the course does not change.
Prophecy is not set in stone though.
This doesn’t have to be the course we continue on. Realize that not everyone will be onboard with a course correction. Many will resist. Some will become violent. So be it.
I for one am not interested in continuing on this path.
Here are some vital questions we need to ask ourselves – do we really believe in the ideals of this nation that we claim to believe? Or are they just nice things that sound good when the times are alright?
Or were those ideals made for a time such as this?
Christians, do you really believe Jesus? Do you believe his call to serve the poor, to welcome the stranger, to love your neighbors and enemies? Do you believe in the Sermon on the Mount? Or is Jesus full of it? Are they just nice things that sound good when the times are alright?
Or are Jesus’ teachings made for a time such as this?
Is your faith from God? And do you believe that God is love and that Love is God’s way? Then love is the only way to proceed. Love all people and God’s creation. There is no other option. There are no valid excuses for dehumanizing people, for caging children, for causing anxiety among entire groups of people, for creating fear. These are not things of God. Anger and fear are not the way of Christ.
God is love. Love is the only way. Let us live that love. If your top priority is safety and by that it means devaluing, dehumanizing, restricting freedom, and fearing, then you are way off the path of love. You are invited to come back to the path. The way is narrow, but it is worth it. You will not be alone. There is forgiveness, mercy, grace, peace, and joy on this path. It isn’t safe, but it is thriving life. When our primary focus is safety, we are only looking to survive. When our primary focus is love, then we will thrive.