025005 Finding God in the Mystery of every day.
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Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
You had to know that it wouldn’t take very long for the eyes of the world turned to the places where there seemed to be plenty and freedom before the people who were fed up with the difficulty of their lives would begin stream across the borders of any country where they saw opportunity for something better. Here in the USA, we have begun what I would call “spite” tourism where we, out of spite bus immigrants to places where the laws of the land are made, or which seem to be unaffected by this very real humanitarian crisis.
Yet in the scripture above the whole idea of acceptance is predicated upon having received the Lord Jesus. So what does this imply for the larger mass of humanity surging across every border of every country where wealth, employment, safety and the ability to feed their families draws the multitudes to risk so much just to get there?
Simply this. We cannot know who is where spiritually. We are fearful of the influx of drugs, terrorists, gang members and all manner of criminal, anti-social people. In their headlong dash for the borders children are frequently abandoned and left to the mercies of the border patrol. So, how should the Christian community view this situation? Understand that there is an opportunity here which just might be the shot in the arm that most churches need just now. What are the odds that a welcoming and supportive Christian community could demonstrate the love of Christ to the point where many of the folks streaming here for something better might just receive our Lord?