There is no doubt that God has blessed the United States, a nation built on Christian principles, with the proclamation that “all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights.” Human rights, with open borders to the huddled masses, a place of refuge for the oppressed, the unwanted, the outcast. The founding fathers of America understood the mandate of God, to care for the orphan, the widow and the refugee. And so, it was. Until recently.
Now, it would seem, the Government of the United States is using the Bible to defend their policy of tightening the borders and building walls to protect the nation from the poor, the oppressed, and the refugee--wanderers looking for shelter.
On June 14/2018, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended the Justice Departments policy of separating children from their parents by using Scripture. “I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans chapter13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes,” he said.
For the statement, US Attorney General Sessions has been chastised by the media, by Democrats, by members of his own party, and by the church he attends.
Misquoting Scripture is not something new. For centuries people have distorted, misrepresented or used the bible out of context to further their ends. What is inexcusable is that the clergy, people that supposedly know better, have been at it for centuries. The Son of God was accused of being a glutton and drunkard, for being a friend of sinners, falsely accused of having a demon, by the people in the know, the Sanhedrin. Imagine that, God accused by the religious authorities of being demonized, of being a friend to the unwanted, to the outcast, to the people in need of refuge.
Something to note—drunks, gluttons, prostitutes, hated tax collectors, and sinners of all sorts who knew their need for redemption flocked to Jesus, while the self-righteous stayed away or tried to trick him in his words, and eventually nailed him to the cross for living a sinless life. “Forgive them Father,” the detested one said while hanging from the cross, “for they know not what they are doing.”
With the stance of the American Government when it comes to border maintenance and the building of National walls, this question must be considered, “Is the enemy already within the gates?
Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do…