The Border Between Politics and Christian Ethics

To be sent home is to return to the violence from which you are fleeing. The Obama administration arrested 121 persons who have recently lost their case for asylum. Most are from central America, having crossed the border illegally in the 2014 “surge”. They are running from gang violence, from places where their children have no future.

Throughout January we are exploring what it means to “Welcome the Stranger”. We will hear stories in church – like about the time 30 years ago our congregation helped sponsor a family who were refugees living in a camp in Cambodia. Our hope is that we will listen, learn, not turn away from the hard political questions, but not lose track of of the moral and spiritual concerns either.

The 121 who were arrested last weekend, mostly from Texas, Georgia and North Carolina according to the article, are caught in “the political backlash of our presidential politics.”

Politicians have to do what is politically expedient to get elected. Christians have to heed the teachings of Jesus and be faithful. The border between the two is often pretty clear cut; and you can’t be on both sides at the same time.

A blessed Tuesday – and remember to celebrate Epiphany this week!

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.