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Build the Wall

There’s lots of talk about building a wall that will separate America from Mexico. Who will pay for it? Is it feasible? Is it the right thing to do?

I saw a bumper sticker the other day that said “Hey! We’re all immigrants!!” I suppose that could be said in a broad loose way about everyone that isn’t  of Native American heritage. That is a shot at those who are opposed to the illegal immigration epidemic that has been a part of our country’s past. I don’t think that this new administration is anti-immigrant per-say when they talk of securing our borders. Just anti-illegal immigration.

Can we step back from the politically correct rhetoric long enough to acknowledge the phrase – Illegal Immigrant?

My heritage is Irish American. My paternal Grandmother came from Ireland as a teen at the turn of the last century. She went threw the process to get here. She became a citizen. She learned the language. She assimilated! She came here legally to become part of this great nation. Likewise, my in laws came here from  Ireland legally. Every year people from all over the world swear an oath as they become American citizens.

There’s a right way to do something and a wrong way. While we hear people say that “Jesus loves everyone” and “Jesus ate with/hung out with/associated with sinners” we have to look at the whole picture. Jesus loves everyone for sure. He died so we all might live. He also ministered and befriended sinners because He wanted to save them. Jesus often said to a sinner “go and sin no more”. So don’t start saying that Jesus endorses a lifestyle of sin because He loves the sinner. His heart will break over every single soul lost to eternal damnation because they did not repent.

Over and over the Word of God tells us to do what is right. Obey the laws over us. Pray for those in authority over us. Jesus doesn’t endorse breaking the laws of God or man.

We here in America have in place an Immigration and Naturalization Department expressly established for the introduction of foreigners into our country. Those who seek to (or have already) circumnavigated this process are criminals and as such are subject to the penalties laid out for such acts. They are not victims. They are not citizens. They are not innocent. They are criminals.

Build the wall. Make it high and strong. Make it so that those who wish to join our nation do so through the door that has been provided for so many other law abiding people.

The government has a right and a responsibility to protect its people from all threats foreign and domestic.

 

I suppose this will not be “Liked” by many but it’s what I believe to be true. Be blessed, Al

Saint Patrick’s Day

Ahh the wearing of the green and all that that entails!!

It’s the 17th of March and the celebration of the patron saint of Ireland.

Saint Patrick’s Day is a widely observed holiday dating back 100’s of years the complete history of it can be found on Wikipedia as well as many other sites. There is a lot of history and emotion behind this holiday. More than I can cover in this brief post but I will address one thing here, for better or worse. Sainthood.

Saints, Sainthood and the idea of some believers being “holier” than others.

A search of the word “saint” will show it defined as “one who has been recognized for having an exceptional degree of holinessWiki or “To regard or venerate as extremely virtuousYahoo and many more.

For me the only source used to define things is the Bible so let’s see what the Word of God and Jesus have to say about saints, sainthood and being holier then others.

The Old Testament has many references to saints. Moses and the prophets as well as the Psalms mention saints but in a generic general sense and not to one person or group of peoples in particular. The New Testament refers to saints as those who believe in Jesus Christ. Interestingly, Jesus never used the term saint in any of the recorded gospels.

Jesus did, however, have much to say about righteousness and position in the kingdom of God.

For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:20 KJV

Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:4

When James and John request places of honor at the Lords side in heaven Jesus answered them –

Mark chapter 10 vss 37-45  

37 “We want to sit on the thrones next to yours in your Kingdom,” they said, “one at your right and the other at your left!”

38 But Jesus answered, “You don’t know what you are asking! Are you able to drink from the bitter cup of sorrow I must drink from? Or to be baptized with the baptism of suffering I must be baptized with?”

39 “Oh, yes,” they said, “we are!”

And Jesus said, “You shall indeed drink from my cup and be baptized with my baptism, 40 but I do not have the right to place you on thrones next to mine. Those appointments have already been made.”

41 When the other disciples discovered what James and John had asked, they were very indignant. 42 So Jesus called them to him and said, “As you know, the kings and great men of the earth lord it over the people; 43 but among you it is different. Whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant. 44 And whoever wants to be greatest of all must be the slave of all. 45 For even I, the Messiah,[a] am not here to be served, but to help others, and to give my life as a ransom for many.”

Whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant.

So, we see that the Word of God defines Saints as believers in Jesus Christ who exercise childlike faith and humility while being a servant to others and whose righteousness exceeds that of the Old Testament scribes and Pharisees

A tall order? No, not when you consider the truth that with the help of our Lord we can do anything and that as believers we are cleansed of all unrighteousness by the blood of the Lamb. We are made to sit in high places because we are heirs to His righteousness.  As such we are all Saints. As for Patrick or any of the other officially recognized “Saints” I can not speak. Just as no one can speak accurately about anyone’s relationship with Christ.

What I am attempting to get across on this Saint Patrick’s Day is that we, believers in Jesus, are all Saints and as such we should act accordingly –

With childlike love and faith in service to others and the knowledge of Gods Word in our hearts and minds ever ready to give an account of the joy we hold so dear – Jesus is Lord and He is Alive!!

Thanks for stopping by and be blessed, Al