After pondering a lot about how I as a Christian should respond to the border crisis in our country, I finally had that “Eureka” moment. I am compelled to share it with you, my readers. That moment came in a clear word from God for me. God may lead you differently, but I wish you would let me know if He does.
First of all, I came to recognize that my thinking about the border was strongly influenced by my political views, which tend to be towards the right of the political spectrum. Second, I came to realize that my political views came into direct conflict with my spiritual leanings. Thirdly, I came to understand that serving God in this instance trumps my political leanings. That means it is not about whether or not we need to send these people back to their country of origin, but it is about ministering to their human needs in the name of our Lord.
When the president came to Dallas he asked to visit with faith leaders to discuss the issue of caring for this flood of children who have come across the border into the USA. Among those leaders was Dr. Chris Liebrum of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Why Dr. Liebrum instead of someone from the Christian Life Commission? Because Chris is in a position to direct ministry to immigrants, while the CLC speaks to the political issues surrounding the flood of immigrant children. CLC basically gives us the rationale for ministry, while the response in terms of actual ministry comes from those involved in disaster relief, which Chris Liebrum oversees from the BGCT organization. So, while Chris met the president and shared the BGCT perspective on this crisis, I suspect thousands of Texas Baptists will be involved in ministry to these immigrants.
More than fifty years ago Texas Baptist answered the call to needs on the border and River Ministry was born. What we are looking at now is a new kind of River Ministry.
The bottom line is that Christians need to separate their politics from their heart for ministry to the poor and needy. Ask yourself, “What would Jesus do with all these children who have come to America?” Instead, too many of us are asking “Why did they come to America?” That is a problem for others to answer and that answer is likely a political answer. We Christians are not responsible for the political answer to the issue, but are responsible for ministering in the name of Jesus to the human needs of these people. Jesus would have us love these children, help feed them, house them, and care for them while they are in the USA or until they are cared for by others, such as adoptive parents, child care homes, etc.
My plea is for Christians to look at this problem as a ministry opportunity. Do not view it politically, but view it as a way to show Jesus at His best. Get over your politics and serve the Master.