In church yesterday, our pastor shared the statistics from Vacation Bible School: 251 children in attendance (the largest crowd ever); 125 workers; and 10 children accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
Our church has a sister church in a city whose name I can’t begin to pronounce, much less spell, in Mexico. Word reached our pastoral staff that there are no books for the children in that small town. The children who attended VBS last week decided to have a contest – boys against girls -to raise money to buy books for the children in Mexico. The girls won, of course. These kids, with help from their parents, raised over $1,100. Our children’s pastor has estimated that $1,100 will buy approximately 250 books.
What an awesome gift we have in our children, indeed, in all children. They are so precious, so priceless.
And yet, we have this abominable situation with the children being separated from their parents as they cross the border to come into the United States.
It doesn’t matter who is to blame – Republicans, Democrats, Trump. The separation from these parents and the atrocity of these children being put into locked cages is horrifying. It is a slap in God’s face.
“But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” (Mark 10:14 New American Standard Bible) (emphasis mine)
In James 1:27, we are told that Christians should look after the fatherless (some translations say “orphans.) I believe that if Christians don’t unite to do something about this situation, then we are sinning. Not taking careof these children will be as much of a slap in the face of God as the separation of these children from their parents.
“What can one person do?” you might ask.
1, Contact your Senator. The Republican Senators from the State of Georgia are:
131 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
455 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
2. Contact your Representative. Here’s a link that has a list of representatives and their contact information. https://house.gov/representatives/find/
3. Contact President Trump. The fastest way of reaching Donald Trump is: www.lettertodonaldtrump.com.Call him at: Comments: 202-456-1111; send a letter to: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500.
It doesn’t matter if you like Trump, hate Trump or you are indifferent to Trump. He is still the President. And no matter who he blames, he has the power to do something about this situation.
4. Post this blog or write in your own words (without blaming or bickering) on FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ – anywhere you have a social media presence. I believe that if we can get this message across the country and get people fired up about this deplorable situation, they will contact their Senators, Representatives and the President, and call them to action. Hopefully, this will cause our Congress and our President to change the situation. We are the ones who put these people in office. Our voices deserve to be heard!
5. You can also pray for these children. Pray for their protection and well-being, pray they are released from these cages and reunited with their parents in the quickest amount of time possible, pray that this experience will not leave them with permanent emotional scars. Pray for their parents that they may have the “peace of God that passes all understanding.” And, whether you like them or not, pray for our elected officials. They need our prayers and support – not our bickering and blaming.