My reply to this has been that I believe that my stance on the issue is a biblical one and that if I am to follow Christ according to Scripture and conscience I have no other option.
The following story is a prime example.
In 2009 Emilio Gutierrez Soto and his son Oscar, fled Mexico and applied for legal asylum in the United States.
They did so following every proper legal procedure the system requires.
Gutierrez was a reporter and he reported the truth about corruption in the Mexican Army.
They set about to kill him.
After many years of following all the legal mandates of the American system, The United States has decided to deny Emilio and his son asylum and is going to deport them both.
They will be killed if they are.
I think this is a travesty, a perversion of justice and righteousness, and an absolute rejection of the biblical mandate to love your neighbor and care for the sojourner.
This should be an outrage to those who believe in Christian ethics and biblical principals.
This is not a liberal or conservative issue to me, but one of sacred belief and responsibility.
How would you define it?
Here’s the latest update from this morning…
“A few updates on the situation now faced by Emliio Gutierrez Soto and his son, Oscar Gutierrez. They have been transferred from the Sierra Blanca, Texas detention center and are now held in the ICE Processing Center in El Paso. Yesterday, they were handcuffed, shackled and spent hours in a van, first on the 2-3 hour trip from Sierra Blanca to El Paso, then from there to the Otero County Detention Center near Chaparral, NM, and then back to El Paso. They reported that there were no beds available last night and they slept on the cement floor. Emilio has hypertension and other health problems and has no access to his medication. He said that his request to see a doctor was denied. “
God help them both… and us if we smear our hands with their blood.