America is shooting tear gas at people at the border. Some reports claim that rubber bullets are being used as well.
Yesterday I learned that we have been doing this since 2010. I had no idea. Let me be clear – it wasn’t right in 2010 and it isn’t right now.
The question I have seen in response to the most recent use of tear gas is: are we better than this? Apparently not.
If you claim to be a follower of Jesus, can you support shooting tear gas at people seeking asylum? Apparently. I don’t know how though.
We just celebrated “Christ the King” Sunday in church. It’s the Sunday when we proclaim that Jesus is king, not anyone or anything else. It’s a declaration that the empires of the world, and all they stand for, are empty and pretty unspecial. The reign of God is what we seek instead.
Being king means that you have control and authority. A king gets to determine what people do, claims their loyalty, and gives commands. A king gets to have say over people’s money, their politics, who is an enemy and how they are treated, and so much more.
If Jesus is king, then it means he is in charge. If Jesus is king, then those of us who claim to be his followers listen to what the king says and follow orders. When a king speaks, he is not to be dismissed and his words are not to be taken lightly.
This is what we are claiming when we proclaim Jesus as king. In light of this, I have a few questions regarding our use of tear gas on people at the border.
If you support shooting tear gas at people at the border, tell me how your theology supports this action. Tell me how this action assists us in following Christ the King. Tell me how it is a command of Jesus when Scripture tells us Jesus said “welcome the stranger.”
Tell me how you are following Jesus’ commands to love your neighbor and love your enemy when you support the shooting of tear gas at people at the border.
Tell me how you are following Jesus’ command to welcome the stranger when you support the shooting of tear gas at people at the border.
How is America following Christ the King when we ignore, and too often reject, Christ’s commands, whether now or in 2010? How exactly are we a Christian nation when we think we know better than Jesus?
We shouldn’t be shooting tear gas at people. We should be shedding tears. We should see the humanitarian crisis that is at our border and on the hemisphere – a crisis that we helped create.
Are we better than this? Good question. Our actions proclaim to the world if we are.