“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In recent days, we’ve heard the heartbreaking stories of the forced separation of hundreds of immigrant families seeking asylum at the U.S. border.
Like so many others, what I find morally problematic about these stories is the trauma that forced separation causes families, and in particular to children. As a father, I simply can’t fathom the idea of fleeing from crisis in hopes of creating a better life for my family, only to have my children ripped from my arms. Please do not get me started about holding children in cages.
As a Christian, I also see Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s invocation of Romans 13 as terribly misguided. This verse has been used been used to justify all manner of immoral behaviour: Imperialism, Slavery, Nazism and Apartheid.
What seems to have been missed by Sessions is the true moral of Romans 13 – caring for the most vulnerable falls to the family first and then to the state. Immigrant families fleeing destitution are attempting to find the means to provide for themselves. The spirit of charity and hospitality, recognizing that we are all “strangers and sojourners” alike, demands caring for the most vulnerable members of our ONE human family.
Today, Design With Heart stands shoulder-to-shoulder with countless demonstrators across the country to protest the “zero tolerance” imigration policy. Yes, we DO care, and YOU should, too.
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