The other day I was watching Fox News, listening to a politician boast about Texas. The underlying topic was immigration and the massive influx of foreign children to their state. He said that Texas is vibrant and strong, and that it holds a steady top position amongst all the states in terms of economic growth; thereby heralding a GDP bar- none! He said that Texas has a strong citizenry, which is held in place by the will of its people, and their strong moral convictions to do what is right. Unfortunately after having said this, he chimed in with the same old morally barren and unfruitful nonsense we so often hear regarding a solution to the problem. Which simply stated says this: Throw these people out of here as fast as possible, and plug up that damn hole!
My friends, this writing is not meant to speak ill of the good people of Texas; or any one person for that matter. My thoughts here are just an attempt at begging some honesty in lieu of the facts! The bottom line is, when I listened to that man speak the other day, what I heard beneath all the pomp and self-righteousness was this: “We have it goin’ on in Texas! We are living in the land of milk and honey! God has blessed us because we are good! This is our inheritance; and we’ll be damned if we share it with anyone!” Once again, this is not about Texas or any one person; and I can assure you that I am not naïve concerning the complexities surrounding the issue of immigration! Nor do I sit in any one ideological or political camp in regards to this subject; knowing full well that the sheer immensity of this problem creates within itself ample enough circumstance to cause injustice all around.
I believe what I am trying to say can be summed up by the following:
First there is this, taken from the book of Exodus: “You shall not oppress a stranger, for you know the heart of a stranger, because you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Exodus 23:9
“You shall never mistreat a stranger nor oppress him. For you were strangers in the land of Egypt. You shall not afflict any widow or fatherless child. If you afflict them in any way, and they cry at all to Me, I will surely hear their cry.” Exodus 22:21-23
Then there is this; Jesus Himself talking to the disciples: Then the little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Matt. 19:13-14
And finally, last but surely not least there is this: Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interest, but also for the interest of others. Phil. 2:3-4
George L. Miller
P.S. I think in lieu of the fact that we claim one nation under God, in that we are constantly boasting Judeo-Christian values; this writing is completely fair!