I'm not the first, nor will I be the last to point out how Robert Frost's poem, ""Mending Wall" critiques current conversations about building a wall on our southern border. In the poem Frost and his neighbor are doing their annual ritual of mending the wall that runs between their properties. All the while, however, … Continue reading Something there is that doesn’t love a wall
It's not often you hear the words 'sin' and 'immigration policy' in the same sentence, but there is simply no other way to talk about the atrocities that this administration is committing against immigrants. Right now, entire communities live in fear, wondering if today will be their last day of freedom. Children wonder if mommy … Continue reading The Sinfulness of Trump’s Immigration Policy
I was invited to pray a prayer for justice at the York National Day of Prayer event. My prayer is below, and it really is my prayer for our nation and world: God of Justice, we are acutely aware of all the ways injustice reigns in our lives and in our world. We feel it … Continue reading A Prayer for Justice
The term "chain migration" is becoming commonplace in our political discourse when speaking about immigration policy. Media outlets are even using this term with increasing frequency. No question is given, though, to what it means or if it even exists. When people speak of "chain migration" what they are doing is politicizing and sensationalizing what … Continue reading “Chain Migration” doesn’t exist, and here’s why
If anything has become clear about the Trump administration's immigration priorities, it is that removing the most vulnerable immigrants is top on his list. It isn't removing "criminal aliens" as he likes to put it. It's not securing our borders through logical, effective means. It's full out war on the immigrants most in need of … Continue reading Trump Administration’s War on Vulnerable Immigrants
Last night, the immigration legal clinic I'm helping to start in Rock Hill, SC, hosted a prayer vigil for DREAMers, young adults who were brought here as children. Why? On September 5, President Trump announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a program that protected from deportation these young adults who … Continue reading A Prayer for DREAMers
I'm prepping a sermon for Sunday, and the text I'm reading is Luke 14:7-24. If you have time, go and read it. If not here's a basic idea: Jesus is at a dinner party and he sees everyone jockeying for the most honorable seats. He tells them, "Take the lowest seat, that way if the … Continue reading Are we inviting the wrong people?
I'm rereading Miroslav Volf's Exclusion and Embrace and his words are more pertinent than ever. In our current context where our country and world is being ripped apart by cultural strife, with neo-nazis and klansmen feeling emboldened to intimidate minorities and those who disagree, maybe the church needs to be reminded of some of what … Continue reading Miroslav Volf on Other Cultures
We teach our children from a very young age not to be selfish. It's one of those qualities we seem to easily see as a negative. When one child is selfishly guarding a toy to themselves we interject, "Now, remember. We have to be nice and share with our friends." Or when another child selfishly … Continue reading The Sin of America First
In the debate surround Trump's rescission of the DACA program the main argument in favor of it's rescission , from Christian and non-Christian's alike, is that Obama overstepped his constitutional authority in creating the program. Therefore, it must go. Never mind the fact that the Supreme Court split 3-3 on it's decision of the constitutionality … Continue reading Constitution over Christ?