In all the confusion, turmoil and uproar recently over the separation of families at the border, I must confess I found myself encouraged as much by the national discourse as the outcome. For too long now, Christians in particular have been divided out on political lines seeking to find some common ground. We are, as is the American populace, separated by political convictions which seem to be utterly irreconcilable, even from the high vantage point of faith in Jesus Christ.
In the face of this crisis, though, Christian voices from both left and right joined together in decrying the forcible separation of families. This practice, which preceded the current administration, came into sharp focus due to the ramping up of its application in recent months. We still have much work to do in forging a consensus on immigration into the U.S., but it was clearly articulated, I believe, that if we are to follow the great commandment of love, a better path must be pursued with these families.
“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” As directed by Jesus in John 13:34, this is our call as his disciples across all lines of race, class, gender, orientation or even citizenship status. Discerning what this command looks like in actual practice is rarely an easy matter, but when we come together on this ground, we are on solid ground!
Grace and peace,