America, the Compassionate
In the March 27, 2018 edition of the Caldwell County News, I read an interesting article by Dr. Ted Rights regarding immigrants. He wrote about God’s love for us and our duty to love one another, which I agree with. I disagree, however, with Dr. Rights’ assumption that President Trump and his evangelical supporters “…ignore Christ’s commands to welcome the stranger and protect the weak and defenseless.” Although I admire Dr. Rights’ compassion, I respectfully disagree with his accusation that Trump and his supporters are behaving in a non-Christian manner.
America is the most compassionate country on earth. We don’t need the federal government to dictate who, how, or to what degree we help people. Through free-will charitable donations, we feed, clothe, educate, and provide medical care for the world’s poorest people. We invite thousands of immigrants to become citizens every year. American blood has been shed while protecting the weak and defenseless in hundreds of battles throughout the world. We have liberated dozens of countries from the clutches of evil and have saved countless lives. We did these things for the love of complete strangers because that’s what God wants us to do.
Just because I want to restrict certain people from entering my country, doesn’t mean I hate immigrants. It simply means that I am concerned with our national security. Most Americans lock the doors to their homes and cars for security. Some homes have alarms and some have gates for the same reason. Why are those precautions okay and a border wall not okay? By controlling entry into our country, our government can better protect all of us, which is one of its primary responsibilities. Everyone has a duty to protect the weak and defenseless among us, regardless of nationality, religion, et cetera. Where is Dr. Rights’ concern for the nearly half-million babies that were murdered through abortion last year or the thousands of people murdered due to inner city violence?
The idea that human rights came from God, not man, is the cornerstone of our Constitution. By acknowledging God we acknowledge His commandments, on which our criminal justice system was built. Pray that our leaders respect all life as well as the rule of law; that they protect our country while protecting the dignity of all people! May God bless you and the United States of America!