Sunday, February 23, 2014

USA - Rejoice in the good things

Then you and the Levites and the foreigners residing among you shall rejoice in all the good things the Lord your God has given to you and your household. (Deuteronomy 26:11 NIV)

I have pretty strong opinions about most issues in politics. I am a conservative and vote mostly with republicans. I'm sure that's no surprise to most people. But there is one issue I'm just not sure about. Immigration. I try not to have prejudicial views of immigrants after all, our country is a country established by immigration. I do thInk immigration has changed and many (not all) immigrants have pure motives. This country has so many things to offer. We still are the land of opportunity. It is easier to get an education, go to college, and chase your dream. I think it's obvious why people want to come here. But, we have also become a nation of handouts. So many people LIVE off of handouts. Many refuse to try to make their lives better. They just want to get the free support of the government. Many people refuse to take lower paying jobs to work their way up the ladder. They just want to start at the top. Our nation is in crisis financially and to think of letting immigrants come to the US that are not going to support themselves, will just not work. That doesn't mean we shouldn't still gather the huddled masses, the tired, the poor. If they are looking for opportunity and joining this great nation in work to make themselves and our nation better, bring them on. If they want to come here illegally to  milk our government, we need to be tough on them and send them back or at the very least, apply consequences.

I'm not sure how that works in political policy, but I know that we as Christians can love everyone, even those in this country with less than pure motives. We are not to judge any person. Our duty is to love and support all people. That doesn't mean we let people walk all over us. It does mean we share Christ with them. We have a duty to share Christ. God has built this great nation and blessed us. It is selfish to want to hold that for ourselves. We need to move cautiously on our immigration policy. We need to freely give our love, no matter what.

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