Who Changed the Locks?
So many fires burning.
If I consider them all, my heart will fall to ashes: how to protect the wild lands inherited from our forefathers, how to stand up for immigrants just like our forefathers looking for a better life, how to convince energy companies that burning stuff was never more than a stop-gap until we could harness the unlimited power all around us, how to guard the basic health of all citizens for the good of society regardless of their ability to pay, how to guarantee a woman’s right to choose how the seed a man left behind is going to affect the rest of her life, how to save animals from needless suffering, how to educate children to prepare them for the changing world before them, how to engage the rest of the world for humanity’s sake . . . the list goes on and every day something else is set afire.
Usually, I am the apologist for the welfare of animals. They are speechless, powerless. Someone must stand up for them. But today, I am thinking about humans. I won’t get into the details of The Ban, only that it scrawls an ugly graffito across the plaque at Lady Liberty’s feet.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
If that door is closed to people of a particular religion, where does that leave our precious Freedom of Religion? Some say we are a Christian nation. This policy flies in the face of the very notion. If we believe Jesus really is the way, the truth, and the life, then we should want all mankind to find this saving grace. How will Muslims find Christ but in the midst of Christians? Why would they be interested except that they see love and light in us that is better than anything they have ever known? That they should find in us something they want for themselves? Jesus told his followers to be salt and light in the world, not salt in a wound. Before He left, He gave us a great commission: Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15) He also said, Feed my sheep. (John 21:17) If we are Christians, this is our highest calling. The apostle Paul didn’t place comfort or even his life above the Gospel. Nor did any of the others who were beaten, cast out, and murdered for their faith. We have no right to use it to defend our borders, keep ourselves safe, or send anyone back into harm’s way. There is nothing of Christ in that. We must trust God and rest in this assurance,
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)