A nation built by immigrants now ponders the future path ahead

When you think of the United States, most think of freedom, an opportunity, a new start and possibly salvation. The last point seems to have taken
center stage with the influx of illegal immigrants entering the southern border of our country. Before we delve into that too far, we need to clear up
some terms of which people are confusing.

Emigration vs. Immigration

Emigration is the property of people leaving an established homestead based on uninhabitable conditions, poverty, no jobs, further education or war.
This of course may be by choice or it may be due to hardship.

Immigration is by which host countries have policies around whether or not large portions of the population are allowed to come into the host country by legal
processes and procedures.

Now that we have cleared up, what is it that the United States government is doing? Well, multiple things of which we can break a few of those down to
topical discussions.

1 – Theory #1. The President of the United States, Barrack Obama, has been soft on issuing a clear indication on what exactly his stance is on legal vs illegal
immigration to the United States. This is a completely grey area that unfortunately has been a political volleyball or can kicked down the road by both Democrats
and Republicans. If enough people overwhelm the United States system (both Department of Homeland Security and Health and Human services), there would be
little choice but to offer a defacto “amnesty” vote for all of the people who have not to the United States by standing “legal immigration policies” set forth by the
United States government.
2 – Theory #2. If Theory #1 proves to be true and all people are given some sort of “citizen” status either by temporary green card or otherwise new form of ID,
what is the status of the sovereignty of the United States of America going forward? This theory would suggest that the United States would reject and deport any
people emigrating to the United States by following US law that has already established “legal immigration” procedures. Ignoring to follow these laws would cause
chaos and represent yet another fundamental shift in governing policy by the current White House administration.
3 – Theory #3.  If both Theory #1 and Theory #2 are rejected and things continue the way that they are by mass emigration, little to no enforcement by DHS, HHS, ICE
and other government bodies, the United States of America will not survive for more than a decade or two at most being crippled by care for people we simply are
not setup to provide care for.

Why a decision must be made; Kids are dying. 
The time has come to put an end to the gray areas of our immigration policy and the reason being is people must know the reality of emigrating from great distances
and the sacrifice it entails. Right now, children are being found washed up on the shores of the Rio Grande dead. That’s right… DEAD.

This quote from the following story sheds light on this terrible reality: (link: http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/07/report-small-lifeless-dead-children-found-washed-up-along-riverbank-of-rio-grande/)

This indicates a pattern of covering up dead illegal alien kids by the Obama administration. It was two weeks before news was reported on the sole child death acknowledged by the Obama administration, Gilberto Ramos, a 15 year-old boy from Guatemala whose body was found in the Texas brush dead from the heat.

So what do we do? This is a tough choice. In thinking about this, one doesn’t need to look to far to see what emigration has done to countries in the Middle East with the Iraq War
and now more recently the war in Syria. Statistics show that Lebanon, smaller than the size of Connecticut, is going to have about 1/3 of its entire population be identified as
Syrian by the end of 2014. That is staggering. While the United States would nowhere near have that number, the calling out of people literally dying to get to the United States cannot be
swept under the rug.

Our solution must be compassion as well as justice.
The United States is seeing diseases that we have long killed off 20, 30 some even 50 years ago making their way into border towns due to the influx of people carrying crippling diseases. I believe we do have
a responsibility to care for those who have made the arduous journey and put them on a time-table for returning safely to their home countries. We cannot harbour or become a nation with IDP
camps on our border states. Furthermore, we must enforce laws already set forth by our governing bodies of years past; If we are to maintain borders and state we are a country of law, we
must act like it.

Final Thought
Honestly, this is a mess. While their may be the desire to point fingers, take sides, we must remember that people are people and that we must retain our humanity by loving them.
It is encouraging to see local churches taking in the illegal immigrants to care for them. I would hope that this would be an example to others and as a person of any faith, we must
look out for those who are less fortunate than us, now more than ever.


How Israel and Gaza affect you more than you think

First and foremost, this is one of he first blogs where I feel like I can speak some of my opinion on the conflict happening right now in the Middle East.  Having traveled to the ME several times over the past few years, I understand that a western media bias towards loving or hating Israel is not the truth of what is happening there and goes beyond simple talking points in a 5 minute segment.

The reality:  Israel and Palestine have been fighting since Biblical times

If you happened to skip sunday school one morning, you may have not heard that this has been going on for centuries.  The fighting is nothing new.  What is new is the geo-political hatred of of which this conflict has escalated to.  Now we have media on both sides in the ME spouting their rhetoric for or against the fight between Israel and Palestine.  The result is innocent people dying.  This seems to be the point missing from most political analysts, pastors, imams and other scholars.   Imagine waking up in Gaza, your family may be attacked by rockets and killed;  maybe even a missile or surgical strike to take out a military leader who happens to live downstairs.  This is every day living for someone in Gaza.  Flip the roles;  If you’re a Christian, Jew or Muslim in Israel territory like Tel Aviv, you may hear sirens, be warned to take shelter but you know you have the “Iron Dome” to shoot down 95% of the rockets being shot at you.  Ask yourself, is this any way for a person/family to live?  That leads me to my next point…

The Jewish people are the direct blood lineage of Jesus Christ;  how are they representing Him in the year 2014?

It is an honest question, one that I have wrestled with.  A lot of the western evangelical church has simply sided with Israel;  To me, this simply seems wrong.  While the Jewish people are divinely Gods people, they do not get a pass on taking the lives of people who are image bearers of Him.  The greatest tragedy to me is that people are being killed, abused, tortured and detained in the name of political advancement of a nations agenda.  By this point, you’re probably wondering “OK, so what is the solution?”  Let’s talk about that.

The only solution is Jesus and what He taught us.

This is the biggest part of understanding  what is at stake.  When Jesus spoke in Luke 6 about loving your enemies, this is what He was talking about.  Justice in this world unfortunately has been hijacked by our human selfishness, a trait in which does not glorify God at all but celebrates our nature in which people would rather kill each other than live in peace.  Take that and apply it to every war, conflict and skirmish over the past few thousand years and you get the same result.

From a outside, non-religious perspective, I would encourage people to think long and hard about the frailty and cost of human life.  No person who deserves to be killed because their ideology doesn’t play well with others.  Perhaps we have the opportunity to learn from history before we repeat it again.