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Jesus delivered his inaugural public sermon in a society where the Roman -Greco influences were greater than the values that the Hebrew people learned from the Hebrew Scriptures. There was a constant political struggle between the teachings of the faith community vs the values of a secular empire-minded society. BeatitudesMany of Jesus’s teachings challenged the religious leaders to embrace God’s principles vs the expedient political positions. Theses 8 Beatitudes speak directly values that God embraces in all human beings.

I do not know the history but I would like to imagine that these Beatitudes was the backdrop for Emma Lazarus who wrote the sonnet “The New Colossus” to raise money for the Statue of Liberty. In the sonnet, we find these words,

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

The clarion call as a disciple of Jesus Christ is to be welcoming of the outsider, inviting to the outcast and hospitable to the foreigner. As Jesus was talking to the other sunkissed brothers and sisters of the first century we see the embrace of all people regardless of race, class, previous religious experience.

As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called to be welcoming of all.  Some people have suggested that we need to be concerned of “terrorist” sneaking into the country.

Since when do the people of God make decisions and operate by fear. Fear about the “other people” is a tool that secular political communicators have used to cause division. Some Christians have embraced this principle over the scriptures that teach us in 2 Timothy 1:7

 ”For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

Bad things can happen to any of us at any time. My trust is not in a government wall of protection but in God that I will be where I am supposed to be doing the will of God and if in that moment I am to die in God’s service I will also be with God in eternity. While we are addressing the foreign terrorist we must also confront the rise of domestic terrorism and many times the underlying mental health issues that provoke their behavior.

This brings me to the specific comments that the President made concerning Hattians and Africans. Racism is America’s original sin. America’s greatest moral failing is the lack of repentance, reconciliation, and restoration of the original sin.  The effects of systemic racism impact every area of our society today from education to economics, to housing, to employment, to health care and every social institution in between. America has attempted to legislate inclusion, the valuing of diversity and move toward a post racial society. The reality there many people who still believe that there is superiority or inferiority of an individual based on the color of their skin. I agree with the New York Times opinion editorial by David Leonhardt.

“No one except Trump can know what Trump’s private thoughts or motivations are. But the public record and his behavior are now abundantly clear. Donald Trump treats black people and Latinos differe

ntly than he treats white people. And that makes him a racist.“  (https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/01/12/opinion/trump-racist.html)

Mr. Trump’s behavior and words reflect America’s lack of repentance from its original sin. Until the hearts of men and women are transformed from believing that there is no inherent superiority, intellectual advantage or intrinsic privilege based on their “whiteness” we will find ourselves at this point again and again. This behavior is not acceptable by any bible believing disciple of Jesus Christ. Pastors who are controlled more by the power of the political empire than the Scriptures which are our authority will find it difficult to condemn the behavior and words of the President. This is one reason that the church has lost its moral authority. We can’t fight for justice and be a tool of the oppressive empire at the same time. With a collective voice the believers in Jesus Christ must speak up, speak out and no longer be silent. The drum beat for justice must crescendo into a mighty nationwide drumline that sounds a cadence that

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How will the church respond to addressing the wealth inequity in America?  Poverty continues to grow, the middle class continues to shrink and the wealthy are not being challenged to moral accountability with their wealth.  10% from the top 1% of the wealthy we could significantly reverse the trend of poor education that is the root of our mass incarceration epidemic.

I  asked a question on Facebook August 14th, “What would Jesus say at a town meeting about healthcare reform?”  Here are a few of the responses.  I wrote this article on the 15th but have not had an opportunity to post until today. Please feel free to add your comments.

 1.  Be honest and truthful. everyone.

 2.  Be Healed!

 3. How about “Get those money-changers out of the temple!”

 4. I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly!

 5. He would say that healthcare is a right and not a privilege in this great country of ours. He would say that we are one another’s brothers and sisters and we should all take care of one another. “If you are in pain than I am in pain.”

He would be horrified with the greed and corruption of the private insurance industry today, and the corruption of the private insurance industry today, and the corrupt legislators and the pharmaceutical industry. He would say that we need to even out the playing field and re-define and revamp the system, which means switching the role of the private insurance into a secondary role. They can offer supplemental insurance as they do in other industrialized countries. But other industrialized countries do not make a profit off the suffering of their people and their systems are innovative, and their life expectancy exceeds U.S. life expectancy. We need to cover everyone with good preventative care and changing the system is the way to do it.

  6. get er done

 7. http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=3845

This article says alot about the corporate ties between the private insurance industry and media companies. Please read y’all when you have a moment!

 8.  Surprisingly enough, the ONLY people Jesus ever ‘shouted down’ were those who put money or personal welfare above the responsibility of caring for others. Jesus might in fact be shouting at a town hall meeting, but it would be at those who are shouting, selfish, unconcerned and uncaring and not at those who are concerned about people without medical coverage.

 9. Do the best for the least among you.


President Bush Discusses Comprehensive Immigration Reform

“I view this as an historic opportunity for Congress to act, for Congress to replace a system that is not working with one that we believe will work a lot better. In other words, this is a moment for people who have been elected to come together, focus on a problem, and show the American people that we can work together to fix the problem.”

President George W. Bush
June 26, 2007



I am still waiting to see how the elected officials are working together. If I were to have a person come into my office and acknowledge that they were a murderer, rapist or burglar I would be obligated to assist this person to turn themselves or call the police so that I am not “breaking the law.” But if a migrant worker enters the country without the proper documentation then I should welcome them and allow them all of the privileges of citizenship without any penalty?????? Something is wrong with this picture.