July 17, 2014

We Need More Than Selfies!

A couple weeks ago, I posted a "selfie"in support of the "Share the Journey" campaign created by Episcopal Migration Ministries.

Why did I do this?

Because I like to make silly faces in photos.

At least, that's what my daughter has decided.

But, seriously, I did this because as Rev. Gay Clark Jennings recently wrote, "Christians worship a child who fled violence in his home country." I am a Christian. I believe that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. I believe that the Bible contains timeless and eternal truths. One of which is that my Savior Jesus Christ was an immigrant.

But we need more than selfies!

What's going on along the southern border of the U.S. deeply concerns me. Having lived the majority of my life along this border I fully appreciate the complexity of the issues. Yet, as a father of three children I am crushed by the fact that minors are alone, fleeing violence and poverty only to met by such scorn.

I wrote a piece for our Diocesan website about this issue and did my best to offer ways in which you can respond to this crisis. I hope you'll take the time to read it and engage however you can. In particular, I mention that there is opportunity to volunteer, assisting this refugees. I feel fortunate to be hearing from a number of college students and young adults who are increasingly concerned about this issue and ready to act. So, I am planning to go down to Texas within the next few weeks to explore how and where we can bring young people down to the border to show Christ's love for these kids. If you are interested in joining me get in touch.

Here's a bit of what I wrote this week:
"Over the last few weeks, the news cycle has honed in on the influx of children crossing the U.S./Mexico border. The numbers have been striking! What at first seemed like a 'problem' has grown to a 'crisis.' As our Bishop pointed out, '... when 52,000 child refugees cross the border, compassion wanes and the very real burdens of caring for our neighbor prompt a harsher response.' Predictably, Americans are polarized over this issue, but not necessarily along predictable lines.

As politicians and pundits offer their opinions on what the U.S. government ought to do with the growing number of minors crossing the border, what are Christians to do?

As we consider the question of how our faith informs our response, it can’t be ignored that throughout Scripture there is provision for the pilgrim, the refugee, the immigrant. The Bible consistently points towards identifying with and offering hospitality to the alien and stranger. ..."
Read the rest...

As my boss wrote: pray, give and raise your voice!

NOTE: This video well summarizes the issue:

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