My recent post on the immigrant children now ranks as one of the most responded to of all my blog posts. So many good Christian people have responded, mostly on Facebook, but some personally. It seems my own personal journey regarding this immigration crisis has turned out to be the same journey many of you are making. It seems we are all struggling with the battle between our politics and our Christian responsibility.
When you stop and think about it, this is not an isolated circumstance at all. There is always an on-going battle between our personal politics and our spiritual duty. The Bible repeatedly warns us that life will be a constant struggle between our own desires and the will of God. Finding and doing the will of God is still our foremost priority in life, if we are disciples of Christ. Doing His will is always the best way to be more like the Master. The issue is not so much trying to be more like Jesus, but the issue is to seek, find, and do His will, and in so doing we will find ourselves becoming more like Jesus.
If you are looking for a study for your small group, this would be a good one. “How do I know what is God’s will and what is my own desire?” A study like that must begin with each person sincerely desiring to know and be committed to do God’s will. My own experience is that finding God’s will is very closely associated with prayer. It seems to me a study like the one proposed above would include a large segment of time for ardent prayer. The first principle is to ask God to know His will. When you ask you will be confronted with God’s question, “If I show you my will, will you do it?” Knowing God’s will and doing it are two entirely different aspects of a disciple’s walk with Jesus.
I am convinced there are many Christian people today who are asking to know God’s will regarding these immigrant children. Even though we have now been told that more than half these children have at least one parent already here in the USA, and that they have been told the process will turn them loose in return for their promise to return for a court hearing, which a majority simply ignore, there are still thousands who will remain in custody in various places. These are the children we must minister to the name of Jesus. Politics aside, how must we respond to their needs. Do we just let the government take care of them? I say, “No, we cannot.” We must seek to intervene in the name of Jesus.
Because I know my own struggle with this issue, I am sympathetic to all who are themselves struggling with it. Some of my friends likely disagree with me. Some may not disagree, but they do not necessarily agree. But, I know that every one of them wants what I want, to know and do God’s will..