I ask that question, because it does matter how we treat those who come to our country. If they come as a legal immigrant, have we checked to see that they really want to become a part of the citizenry? Have we ascertained what they believe about our nation, and what they are coming here for? I do believe we have the right to insure that people who come to live in our nation should be checked out, vetted if you will, because to be truthful there have been quite a few people who came to our country with our death in their minds, and that is not a good thing for us.
I grew up in New York City, Staten Island to be precise, in a neighborhood that had a lot of kids my age, we played games, from hide and seek, to football, baseball and other games. Cowboys and Indians, Cops and Robbers, Soldiers and other things. We did not think about who was what nationality, we did not worry about differences, we worried about who would win the games we played. We shared food and drink, we would go to each others homes when someone was BBQing and enjoyed being together.
In the reality of our time 1950’s and 60’s, we did not worry about anything except what was the next game we would play, and who was on who’s side. Then along came the late 60’s and we found ourselves watching people setting fire to their own neighborhoods, and none of us, black, white or yellow, could honestly understand why? It never has made sense to me why people will burn down homes, stores and whatever else might be handy.
My mother worked at the World Trade Center, she passed away in 1974, so she was not there when 2001 happened. That too made no sense, why did those people hate us so much that they had to kill and destroy? Fast forward to today, why do these people hate us so much they have to destroy and kill, maim and just plain hurt those others?
Let me go to the Holy Bible, since I am a retired Pastor, because I think it is important that we treat others properly. Here is what God says about the stranger living in our land. Granted, in this particular passage he is talking about the Jewish people: Num_15:15 For the assembly, there shall be one statute for you and for the stranger who sojourns with you, a statute forever throughout your generations. You and the sojourner shall be alike before the LORD. (ESV) Also here is another passage, Num 15:16 ESV One law and one rule shall be for you and for the stranger who sojourns with you.” Notice that there is to be one law and one rule for all who live in the land. In other words, if someone wants to come and live among us, they must be willing to live as we do, not separate, together under the same rule of law as we live under.
So how do we treat the stranger among us today? Mat 25:35-40 ESV For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, (36) I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ (37) Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? (38) And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? (39) And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ (40) And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ If we are to be true, moral people, then we treat those who come among us as we would want to be treated. Jesus told the story of the Samaritan who came upon a Jewish man lying almost dead in the road, he bound up his wounds took him to the nearest inn and paid the innkeeper to care for the man. Others had passed by and left the man for dead, but not the man of Samaria. He did what was right and proper. At the same time what if that man wanted to live under his own law, instead of the law of the land?
Again according to the scriptures, anyone who wants to come and live in your land, must live under the same law as you live. Therefore if the stranger comes and wants to live in your land, he or she must agree to live under the same laws as you do. What we see is that people coming into our country, want to change our country to what they were used to in their old country. This is not how it works, therefore, when the stranger comes to our land, we must ascertain whether or not they will live under our way of life or not. If the person does not want to live as we do, then they will not be welcome in our land.
Going back to living in New York City, when I worked on Wall Street, I could eat lunch every day in a different type of place. Italian, Chinese, Polish, Caribbean or American. The folks who ran those restaurants, were citizens, and lived as all of us live, and they too would go to different places themselves, because we all enjoyed the differences, but still were all Americans.
We speak of being a nation of immigrants, and that is true to an extent, however, we are also a nation of people who have a shared history, and we should be sharing that history with all who come to our country to live so that they can assimilate into society. We have forgotten that our ancestors had to assimilate into the society and they did so. We cannot last as a nation if we do not assimilate these newer folks into our society, instead, we will continue to see the hatred blossom until we find ourselves in the midst of a civil war, which will dwarf the one in the 1860s, too many have already been killed, we need to get ourselves back into the beauty of our history, the beauty of our nation. It is always working to get better, but lately we are reverting to hate and forgetting where our nation was, and now is going. Let us not lose our history to the idea that we must get rid of that which is not what we want to hear or see.
All these cries for safe spaces, and clean talk, are really destroying who we are. We have always cherished the fact that we can have conversation with others who are different and always still get along. However, today it seems that those who want to hear only their own voices will do anything to silence those who have different ideas. Whether it is Global Warming, or politics or whatever it might be. Believe me we are actually hurting ourselves, terribly by not allowing ourselves to hear dissenting opinions, it may just be that we find that those who differ also have some good ideas.
How do we treat the stranger? With respect, and honor, not with automatic hatred.
Tell me what you think, leave a comment, that we might have a conversation.
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The case for a limited but important government role.
I love the Christmas season, although I have to admit, not as much as I used to. We are well into the time of preparation, or Advent as it is known in most of the mainline churches. It is supposed to be a time of preparation for the coming of the Christ child into the world. Of course he has already come and completed his time on earth over 2000 years ago, but we celebrate the birth every year anyway, just as we celebrate the birth of our children and of course ourselves.
The thing is, the birth date, December 25th of each year, really is not important, it doesn’t make any difference if we have the right date or not. Yet there are those who will get very upset if you tell them that the date was probably not December 25th, but probably earlier like in late September or early October, which some of the “scholars” will tell you is the truth. Well so what? You see, it is not important when Christ was born, the truth is it is only important that he was born.
The important item or date for the early Church and for you and I is the date of the crucifixion and resurrection, without the crucifixion, the birth means nothing. We seem to have forgotten that the gift that God has given is salvation, by the blood of sacrifice, on the cross on Golgotha, and the resurrection on the 3rd day that basically says, resurrection to new life is available for all who believe. (John 3:16) tells us that this is what is important in the overall scheme of things, not the birth, but the death and resurrection.
The reality, and this is what I get really upset about, is that the Christmas (Christ Mass), is now only an excuse to shop until you drop. It begins with Thanksgiving week, of course most stores put out the Christmas decorations and start their sales after Halloween. The Christmas craziness begins with Black Friday, Local shop Saturday, Cyber Monday and on and on and on….. It seems like it will never stop, and this year is really getting out there with scenes of parents writing letters to Santa, in what the think is a kids hand, so they can get a Lexus. Then there are those parents who take their child to the Mall Santa, and have the kid ask Santa for the Lexus. Of course Santa delivers their Lexus on Christmas morning, after they get approved for the loan that is equal to 1/2 a years pay, and if it is a fully loaded Lexus could be close to a years pay.
Then we have the guy or woman who has spent hours shopping for stuff, one this year is a giant snowman that lights up, only to have his or her neighbor show up and after they tell the neighbor how much they saved, the neighbor hits the start button of the key of the brand new SUV in the driveway, saying, I saved thousands too. Of course then the one who went shopping now realizes what a dummy they were for not saving thousands on their own brand new SUV.
Of course we also realize that every kiss begins with a brand new diamond ring or bracelet or necklace. The best way to the Christmas Party is by calling UBER and let them take you to the party so you don’t have the trouble of finding a parking place and you can just call them to get home as well. So Christmas is almost here and most of the people are running around buying stuff to give to others and of course keeping the retailers happy, especially Amazon, and Google stores.
Meanwhile, the one this holiday is supposed to be celebrating has been replaced by SHOPPING, by SANTA CLAUSE, and by, you name it, I know it is not Christ anymore, it is just greed, avarice, lust and of course narcissism at its finest. In the scriptures we find this verse: Jos 24:15 ESV And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
My wife and I will enjoy time with our family, we will eat a nice Christmas dinner together, we will have gone to our Church Candlelight service, and worship our Lord and Savior, the one who died for us and set us free to live our lives in service to Him. We will continue to live our lives as best we can as members of the family of God, and we will look forward to the celebration of Easter, the first Holy Day of the church.
I do hope that you who read this missive of mine, will have a blessed Christmas, that you will spend the time with friends and family, eat your fill of good food, and reflect on what this day is supposed to be all about, realize that the greatest gift of all is not the physical things we receive and give, it is that God, so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever would believe in him, would have everlasting life.
Merry Christmas, may you be blessed this Christmas, with a greater knowledge of Jesus the Christ, son of God and son of Man, Lord of Lords and King of Kings.
Well I note that Trump was asked if he would accept the results of the election, he said yes if he won, Hillary attacked him and she answered that she would accept the results no matter who won. Now we see that Jill Stein of the Green Party is getting a recount in Wisconsin, she who has less than a ZERO chance to win the state, and THE HILLARY CAMPAIGN is joining her recount petition. Now we can add to the reasons for not trusting Hillary Clinton, she is again showing her true colors, hypocrite that she is she said she would accept the results no matter who won.
The truth of the matter is, she was so sure she would win that she could say that knowing that she would be the winner. Remember how she and the Democrat leadership whipped Bernie Sanders, the primaries were rigged in her favor all along. She thought that all those illegals voting for her would put her over the top early, so she said of course I will accept the results no matter who wins.
I wonder how much they paid Jill Stein to ask for the recount. What difference does it make to her who wins, she lost BIG, there is absolutely no hope for her to win anything but the sore loser award. I truly believe that they (Hillary Supporters) paid Ms. Stein to petition for the recount. They thought the election was in the bag, plenty of illegal votes to be cast for Hillary and still they found themselves on the losing end. Now we have to go through this charade, just to show again that Trump won the election.
I do hope that the politicians in Wisconsin, democrats all, will conduct an honest recount, no hanging chads or any of that nonsense. Maybe they will find some voter fraud in Hillary’s favor, I would not be surprised. It is evident that one cannot trust any democrat especially the Clinton’s, but the democrats are already talking about fighting every inch of the way against Trump nominations for cabinet officials. They already have a bill in congress to do away with the system we now have and make it by popular vote knowing that the left coast and the east coast are solidly in their camp and they will handily win over the Flyover Country, that has been shown in this election. They don’t want fair elections they want single party elections so they can solidify their fascist control of the country.
Trump won, fair and square, shame on the Democrats for wanting to now claim that it was not fair, or that Hillary actually won the popular vote so she should be president. Even trying to pressure the Electors into changing their votes from Trump to Hillary. Dishonest to the core that is the Democrat party.
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The West seems to have trouble accepting that terrorists are not driven by inequality, but by hatred for Western civilization and the Judeo-Christian values of the West.
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The truth of the matter is in the simple fact of our churches in this nation not teaching about sexual immorality and in fact condoning the objectification of women in our society. Pastor Baldwin points this out in this column. You will have to read the whole thing to see what he has to say. Let me know if you agree with him. Why or why not? A conversation is a good thing.
The Founding Fathers of the United States considered the United States Constitution to be a written binding contract between the people of the nation and those who we select to hold positions of respo