Archive for June, 2018

It’s About the Children!

June 20, 2018

As a Christian clergy let me begin by saying our current leadership should be using the constitution not the bible to either uphold or critique a law of our land. There is a reason our founders included a non-establishment of religion statement in our founding documents, and the citation of any religious text, including the bible as a legal document to uphold the enforcement of a law is not only inappropriate but counters the very constitution that forms our nation!

As a Christian clergy my faith and the faith documents that are a part of the forming of my own journey shape how I choose to speak to and live my life in the country of my birth. While I am a staunch advocate of our founder’s commitment to the separation of church and state I am well aware of my faith’s influence on how I work to affect policy making that promotes justice, equality, compassion, and the common good for all persons not only of these United States but all persons around the globe. As a person of faith the general well being of all of God’s children, and that means all of humanity, is both a passion and foundational to my calling and vocation.

So, I implore the administration of these United States to stop using the bible and the Christian faith to support a perceived interpretation and enforcement of a law of the land. That should apply to any law, but especially an unjust law interpreted so as to separate children from their parents and place them in the equivalent of cages. Just STOP! One does not enforce an unjust presumed law simply because it is on the books! One should choose to break that unjust presumed law and then change it!

I have been dismayed, disheartened, and angry at the attempts to justify the separation of children from their families simply because it is the law. I am sick to my stomach at the current administration blaming everyone but themselves as if they are powerless to do anything but put children in prison. I am furious at persons who say if they did not want their children in prison they should not have come here illegally. I am livid that anyone, for any reason would try and justify putting children in chain link cages!

Our immigration system is broken. We cannot not continue to victimize the victims who come here seeking refuge and sanctuary. For those who say they need to come legally, few of those crossing our borders have the kind of resources or the time available to navigate the complicated and time-consuming process that we as a nation set before them. Many of them come here with no other choice, literally running for their lives with nothing but the shirt on their back, if that, with no where to go and nowhere to return. It is a privileged and uncompassionate position to look down on these persons with such hate and judgement! We need to welcome them and find a way to help them become citizens without fear of being returned to the violence and hopelessness they have fled.

That being said. I really don’t care what the argument is that attempts to justify pulling families apart and placing children in prisons of chain link fence, tents, and detention centers… there is no justification, it is wrong, immoral, and heinous!

As I said, we need to rectify this as a country, honoring all of the people who are in our midst regardless of their religion or lack thereof. However, if I were to seek a citation from my faith tradition it would not be a reference that says we have to follow the law regardless of what it is because it is the law. I would choose a citation such as the words of Jesus who spoke of this journey of life and faith this way, “Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to anyone by whom they come! It would be better for you if a millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea than for you to cause one of these little ones to stumble.” This administration and its attempts to use the bible to promote heinous acts as a way to somehow appeal to their base with religion is at best misguided and manipulative and at worse and blasphemous and evil. This administration and its unjust policies, and too many in our country who support such policies, will reap what it sows’.

It is time for the church, it is time for our citizens, it is time for all persons not only here in this country but across the globe to stand up and speak, and act, and to say enough is enough! It is time for all of us to take a stand, to speak up, and to make justice happen! Silence cannot be an option! I believe the character of our nation is at dire risk, but I also believe in the genuine goodness of those of us who believe in compassion, justice, and love for all. But we must rally together and make a difference and fight for the common good of all persons. Until that day when all persons, ALL persons are welcome at the table of abundance and hope.

May it be so! May it be Now!

Rev. Kent H. Little

Advertisements