June 11, 2010

this is inexcusable

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Today, I am praying for the families of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas and Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca. Rojas' heart stopped after being tazered and Sergio was shot and killed. Both at the hands of U.S. Border Patrol agents.

I said recently that I wasn't certain what God would think about particular issues. But I'm certain these deaths break God's heart. Armed agents slaying boys with rocks is inexcusable. Were this man and boy breaking laws? Yes. Did they deserve to die? No.

So, I'm praying for these families today. But I'm also praying for repentant hearts of the agents. And I am praying that the leaders of this land will reconsider policies.

I don't want to take away from the palpable grief of these families. But we would be deceiving ourselves if we neglected to recognize that these deaths are a result of our border related policies. Viewing Mexican news footage of the family grieving Sergio's death, I can see the stark economic difference between his family and mine. Economic relations with Latin America, border enforcement policies and immigration laws are all related to each other. With that in mind, I am hoping for a holistic rather than myopic or partisan view of these issues. And I am praying that we will be motivated by hope, not fear or naive idealism. Lastly, I realize that I can not rest this solely upon the shoulders of agents and politicians. I participate in this system. How I shop, how I vote and how I treat others need to be a reflection of my prayer today. So, I'm praying for the wisdom and capacity to live as Christ did amongst those of my neighbors that while different... are still neighbors.

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