Monday, May 01, 2006

Immigrants A.K.A. God's Children

"More than 12 million
immigrants passed through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1954. Many Americans can
trace their immigrant ancestors through Ellis Island." What if America closed it's doors a long time ago? Where would you be?
Today, May 1st, many of God's children are marching and boycotting businesses because they are being denied opportunities because of where they were born. To me, this is shocking because God is no respector of persons (romans 2:11) and we shouldn't be either. If we believe that God can bless us with opportunity and wealth why can't He bless immigrants? Are we that selfish as Americans that we have to keep all of our opportunity and our education and our money and our jobs to ourselves? Don't God love the whole world? Wouldn't He want us to love and share with one another, not just the people who were born in the same country where we were born? Jesus said it best when he spoke on giving to others, "And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you." (Matthew 5:40-42) This passage is usually used for a relationship between two people but it can be for nations as well.
We have to constantly remember that the GREATEST commandment is love. God put that commandment before any other. Loving God and loving each other is the key to life. (1 Corinthians 13:13)

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