Where Does Jesus Stand?

With all the talk about the immigration issue there is one question that people seem to be ignoring. Where does God stand on this issue? What does He want?
It is a complex issue and I’m not sure of all the details but I do know this. Anyone, politician, writer, commentator or political party that appeals to anger or prejudice is not speaking for God. We have to understand that a large reason for our present situation is that both parties prefer to use the issue to make political points, stir up anger against other politicians and raise money than to solve the problem. In reality our politicians prefer to do nothing and blame the other side.
I also know that my ancestors came here legally. They did not sneak in but that is because they came before this country passed laws that set up quotas, laws and quotas that reflected the prejudice of this country in the 1920’s, an era when the KKK was at its strongest and prejudiced against African-Americans, Catholics and Jews. I also know that my Irish ancestors faced prejudice because of their Catholic faith. Help Wanted, no Irish need apply signs were common in most of our cities. The immigrants of the 19th and early 20th centuries only got the jobs and housing no one else wanted.
We came seeking a better life, often to escape oppression and persecution. We came because we wanted a better life for our children. So do the immigrants today. They seek to escape the poverty and violence, to keep their family safe from governmental thugs and drug cartels, to be free of the oppression of governments long supported by the U.S. during the Cold War. Unfortunately for many waiting for a visa isn’t a viable option, not when the bullets are flying.
What would Jesus expect of us? Would He expect the anger and hate we hear or read so often? Didn’t He answer that question when He said “whatsoever you do to the least of my brethren you do unto me”?
Most likely this isn’t a popular position but we aren’t called to be popular but to be true followers of Jesus who died on the cross.


Author: ronquinlan

To me the message is what is important. Feel free to copy and use anything on this blog. Some pieces were originally published by Catholic Lane so please give them credit. I am a charismatic Roman Catholic and former Social Studies teacher in Catholic Schools. Pieces I've written have been published on Catholi Lane, Catholic Exchange and the Women of Grace blog.

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