This referenced article in YES MAGAZINE details how immigrants to our southern border are “disinfected” to prevent the spread of vermin and disease. I shudder remembering what I have read about the arrival of Jews to the concentration camps and the subsequent disinfecting process.
The article describes the methods used in these ‘holding camps’, the pain, humiliation, and suffering being caused. But, the nagging question which bothers me and which we all need to answer is this: are they less valuable, are they less human, are they less loved simply because they are not American, because they are refugees seeking asylum and a better life for themselves and their families? What if the asylum seeker was me and the family huddling around me was my family?
Initially when this current governmental regime assumed power, it was a fight against drug dealers, thugs and rapists crossing the border that we were warned against. Today it is the same people approaching our border but, with a different MO. They are, whether intentionally or unintentionally, spreading covid-19 and other diseases in our midst. They are causing a health crisis. Incredibly, listening to government authorities, we should believe that they will sell drugs to our kids, steal our possessions, rape our women and boys, and now infect us with a deadly virus.
Really? Seems to me that we, as a leaderless nation, have done a fine job of creating our own moral and health crisis – don’t need any help from immigrants. Those who refuse to mask up, refuse to practice social distancing, refuse to see this pandemic as the killer which it is and then ridicule and threaten others who take covid-19 seriously…..those others are the prevailing threat about which we need to worry.
How much are we willing to believe from a government which has lied repeatedly over the course of history? How long must America suffer the delusional mindset that because of race, nationality, creed, or alliances, it is superior to the rest of mankind who share this earth under a merciful and gracious Higher Power? How long?
Yeah, amongst many other terms, this one has been leveled at me by a world that is turned off by the rhetoric of self-proclaimed religious experts who preach from financial, personal, and political agendas. For me, being called a ‘Jesus freak’ is confirmation that I am finally doing something right. It is not taken as it was intended, a term of derision. No, ‘Jesus freak’ is a badge of commitment. I’m not here to cast judgement, yea or nay, on anyone. The fruits of our works shall reveal our hearts.
Several years ago WWJD was an often used acronym, “What Would Jesus Do?” In order to understand the significance of WWJD one needs to become familiar with the character of Jesus of Nazareth as presented by the writers of New Testament scriptures. I am not involving myself in the arguments some believers will throw at the previous statement. Whether I believe that the divinity of Jesus, the Christ, as presented by the Roman Church fathers of the 3rd and 4th centuries is the truth or I believe that the man who lived as a vagabond and beggar with a troop of like-minded men and was crucified for his insurrection against the Romans, I must accept that this Jesus of Nazareth was a remarkable character and his teachings were eternal tenets of wisdom given in a dialog which the common man could understand when viewed in a spiritual realm. He is accorded the words, “I am the Way: the truth and the light.”
Whether I believe that Jesus was saying he was the only way to a heavenly God, or I internalize the teachings of Jesus into my personal code of conduct, the Way does lead to the truth and it is light, a personal kingdom of the Lord which dwells within.
But, I have to know those teachings. I have to process the words given in scriptures with my own powers of discernment, not the interpretations sent forth from the pulpits and theological doctrine. Ultimately I cannot trust the “isms” until those tenets strike truth within me. If this is not one of life’s lessons why would a Creator install in me the qualities of reason and logic? I cannot deny the wondrous works of the human crafter by negating any part of that crafter’s creation. I am made a miracle of genetic engineering; I come complete with a conscience; I am made to appreciate the world’s beauty; I am made with an intelligence which surpasses that of any other earthly species; I am made in the crafter’s image.
Those assessments of me are confirmed by the teachings of Jesus. Whenever I conceive a thought, contemplate an action, speak a word, or move onward, the utmost consideration should be “WWJD?”