In only a few years, they had “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6, NKJV)…
A couple months ago I made the decision to avoid as much politics as I reasonbly could and the talk concerning the current immigration crisis is a good example why.
I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that fully 90 percent of the chatter online, on cable and network news, and around water coolers and dinner tables consists of little more than ridiculous memes, hysterical screeching, hate, grossly misrepresenting the other side, and ripping Bible verses out of their context to make political points. To be expected in the age of outrage we live in but no less pathetic and sad.
As I try to think about this situation from a Christian perspective, I find myself not only weeping for humanity but also wishing for a radically different reality. A reality in which people could thrive right where they are.
That may sound crazy, but wouldn’t the best possible outcome here be a world in which every single person in Latin American had the opportunity to be fruitful in his or her own land?
Of course, many would still choose to immigrate to the United States, but nobody would feel like they had to risk life and limb to flee under the cover of darkness otherwise they would have little or no hope.
Wouldn’t a better world solve the problem of illegal immigration even more so than building a building a big beautiful wall? Even more so than comprehensive immigration reform, whatever that even means? And, even more so than the liberal ideal of open borders?
As a Christian who is committed to loving God and loving people I truly believe the only way to go forward here is to do so with comprehensive spiritual reform in mind and for the world, not just the United States
Sure, we need well written and just laws that are enforced and secure borders but they alone won’t solve the problem without countries providing all their citizens with the opportunity to thrive right where they are without a persistent fear of poverty and oppression they have no means to avoid.
I know that might sound crazy or impossible but, is it?
To most people it may be. But, as a Christian who is not motivated by what is humanly possible, I don’t think it’s crazy at all.
Now I’m not saying Americans should give up on illegal immigration and doing whatever they can do to reform policies that have been failing for decades and focus solely on revival. But I am saying the church needs to step up and act rather than just preach, pray, and hope for the best.
Just imagine what would happen if Christian church leaders, businessmen, government officials…all came together with the singular focus of changing the world in the same manner a handful of disciples did more than 2,000 years ago. Sure it would take some time and a massive amount of effort but the possible outcome could be a world in which immigration is simply not necessary.
So, am I crazy to imagine a better world? By human standards I absolutely am. But, as crazy as I might be, I am also encouraged by something Jesus once said when he spoke of something that seemed to his followers to be impossible: “For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible.”
Maybe, just maybe, we can turn the world upside down again.