Later, I drove home, opened up my iPad to read the news, and found this photo staring back at me. And I wept. At the very same time I was trying my best to teach a child about the way of love, another child in this world was being taught a different way.
In my ordained ministry I have rarely spoken out on political issues. I have hesitated not because I think the Gospel is not political. I have done so because I am mindful of the slippery slope into partisanship, pride and prejudice. I am very aware that people of deep faith can disagree on issues and the means by which we solve the challenges which we face. Indeed it is a part of our Anglican ethos that I treasure deeply. We are a messy church.
With that said, I am compelled to be led by a little child. Not the one who carried my crozier, but the one I met in the photo. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” As far as I can tell from my reading of the Bible, the way of Jesus is the way of love. Love is the truth He preached to us; love is the life He gave for us. If we declare that His way, truth and life is the way to God, then His way is meant to be our way.
Thus, I must stand with this child and join the chorus of voices that are crying out in condemnation of the current governmental policy of separating children from their parents at our southern border. This policy is traumatic, cruel, and unjust. Admittedly, the legal issues surrounding immigration are complicated and complex. However, there must be a better way to legislate immigration practices in our country and to find merciful ways to treat all immigrants.
Then there is this story:
“People were bringing little children to Jesus in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.’ And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.” Mark 10:13-16
May we be about teaching and living the way of Jesus in this world, especially when it comes to the little children. After all, they may very well be the ones who lead us to God. +Russell
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