Colossus Derelict

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! ~ Emma Lazarus

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The current state of the immigration affair in our nation leaves one who is willing to take notice yearning a stiff dose of saccharine to dilute the bitterness.

Where we once heralded, “send them our way,” we now bid them sneak by our borders to be underpaid and over abused. I ask, “What became of those words adorned by Lady Liberty?”

There seems no tangible effort to right the wrong, only the faint illusion set forth that guise itself as “on their side,” but if you know one of these mistreated personally, you quickly learn there is nothing graspable in the promises being made by Washington.

While our nation’s leaders do what they do best (nothing), these desiring a better life for their families get tossed to and fro in a system that makes no sense to them or anyone else.

Want to hear a case I can vouch for? When stopped for driving a vehicle with an improper tag, yielding the knowledge of no driver’s license, one would naturally assume that someone is going to jail, and if discovered of an illegal status, would then be deported, right? But then, that would hardly be prosperous for local governments and their law enforcement, or even the labor force that works these men and women at sub par wages.

Instead, what I recently witnessed was, even though there was no proof of identity, an officer wrote a couple tickets to show in court, took the tag, and drove off leaving the immigrant (with little mastery of the English language) wondering what just happened. A few minutes later, he got behind the wheel of the now tag-less vehicle and drove away. What was once an illegal vehicle being driven by an illegal immigrant was now one and the same, save for missing a few ounces of aluminum.

The dog I have in this hunt isn’t one that shouts for lawlessness, but one that contends for realism. If life is precious, and it is, then we have to be realistic enough to understand that these people aren’t going away. They are here to stay, and we must find a way for those truly desiring to be functioning members of our nation to do so. The current process, like everything else our government designs is too complex and too costly.

When these people are mere faceless numbers reported on a news screen, no one cares, but when they become personal friends, it becomes possible to understand their confusion and even their pain.

If we’re not willing to join Emma in her plea, then I must wonder should she have considered times are apt to change; how a once compassionate nation could become preoccupied with selfish interests and greedily hardened hearts for the weary. Maybe her sonnet should receive revision…

Come under the fence you who’ll labor for less, we promise without waver great strains of duress.

Pay this fine, and then return to your work; Work! Harder! Labor some more! As long as you’re willing, we’ll show you no door.

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Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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23 Responses to Colossus Derelict

  1. lambskinny says:

    Hi Michael… sorry I’ve been missing. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Carley

  2. You know how to stir the comments up M. Great post. Being of Irish descent, I read up on their coming into America during the blight in the 1800’s. 1.5 million died of starvation, the same number came to the US. They, along with the Blacks and Native Americans were despised and thought of as scum. I understand the illegals from the islands and Mexico coming here and wanting opportunity too. I cannot with a clear conscience deny them that opportunity. The problem is how our government handles the situation, how the average American treats them, and how those legals defend them.
    Some need to be deported, here for one reason only…to commit crime. Others work like animals to try a carve out a life here. You are right, they are here, and here they will stay. As a follower of Christ, how do I respond? There can only be one response and that is prayer to the One who knows how to direct our leaders to make decisions for the good of all.
    If believers led the charge to walk in love toward these poor precious people, perhaps our attitude as a nation toward them may cause their confidence to come forward and do what it takes to be a contributing citizen, not to come here, not find work and mooch from the government. They are tired, poor, and homeless. Reject them utterly, as many do, and you’ll see Newtons law of reaction in play…the one he received from scripture, “whatever a man sows”…
    One more thing. If they see real democracy in action, experience real friendship and caring, maybe some of them will lead a charge to return to their country to change it for the better.

    • mtsweat says:

      Very well said Brother! Sorry for the delay… been consumed by the busy bother. 🙂 Your final statement is interesting indeed. Thanks good friend.

  3. ccragamuffin says:

    Thank you for putting a face to the issue, these are people not problems, individuals made in the image of God not pawns for political gain. It is a complex topic, that should not be simplified for the sake of expediency, but a topic that requires mercy along with justice. Isn’t that the nature of our Lord? I am afraid that we, even the church, have overlooked the Biblical principals of compassion, loving the stranger, and caring for “the least of the these” because we have allowed fear to rule our hearts and choices. In our pride and arrogance we forget that the Church IS multicultural. And will always be. What do we have to fear if our earthly citizenship begines to reflect more closely our heavenly citizenship?

    • hankcr says:

      Yes, the church is multicultural. Christ has chosen to redeem people from “every kindred, and tongue, and people and nation” Rev. 5:9. But that does not mean that we ignore the boundaries that God himself has put in place. Both sexes are redeemed in Christ but that does not mean that we endorse homosexual marriage. The boundaries that God has put in place do not evaporate because someone gives their life to Christ. “Loving the stranger” and “caring for the least of these” does not mean that we turn over our nation to them. It does not mean that we sacrifice the future of our children and grandchildren to the “strangers” in our midst. No, to do that makes us “worse than infidels” 1 Tim. 5:8. It did not mean that to Israel and it does not mean that to us. It is God himself that has put in place the boundaries of nations. It is arrogance to believe that we have a better way. God has created true diversity. In our arrogance we seek to destroy it by thinking that we know better.

      • hankcr says:

        Think of it this way. Over many many years this nation has spent billions, I dare say trillions of dollars around the world. We have sent food, clothes, financial aid, disaster aid, and medical care. We have sacrificed our sons and daughters fighting in wars defending these nations. Our country has spent millions and millions of dollars taking the Gospel to these nations. And yet somehow we are unkind and unloving because we don’t hand over our nation to them too? This is insanity.

        • mtsweat says:

          Very valid points Hank. America can pride itself in being the nation that has been there for the entire world during everything from natural catastrophe to evil empires. It may be that greater security is required to decrease the flow of illegals into the country, but realistically, those already here aren’t going away. They don’t want to go away, and we obviously don’t want them to. If, as is proven by the actions of our governing authorities, we don’t want them to leave, then we need to find a way to treat them as human beings, not cattle.

          • ccragamuffin says:

            Political conversations often brush past the personhood of who is being discussed. But we are called to have a heavenly political viewpoint. From that perspective the motivation must always be love if we are to echo the call and character of our Lord. This is God who became an immigrant for us and who gave starring roles in His love story to many immigrants. The early church were immigrants! Scattered abroad.The primary call is always love not law. The Christian response is not a call for anarchy, for that would not be a loving response to our citizen neighbors. But laws that are too complicated to understand, that are unevenly enforced, that are politically motivated and knee jerk reactions are not just laws. God’s justice is love motivated…to all. We must gaze deep inside and ponder our motivation. In this issue it is often fear. Fear for our future. Fear for our children’s future. Fear we will be impoverished. Fear we will lose employment. Fear that we will be hurt. That is not the motivation in the Biblical narrative. Perfect love casts out…not people…but fear. I am still in this classroom of Christlikeness, I have failed the exam many times…but I hope the dialogue of the Church America will lead in love, not follow in fear.

    • mtsweat says:

      I’m surprised there are differing opinions in so cut and dried a topic. 🙂 One young man I’m familiar with who is not quite so legally here labors beside many daily and does so with the intent to provide for a family (especially his aging mother). He has tried desperately to go through all of the loop holes our nation places before him, but just about the time it seems some ground is being made, the rug is pulled out from under him, again and again and again. The cost involved in all of this is shocking, especially when it becomes so obvious it is all a ploy and there is no intent to allow him to become legal. It’s literally disgraceful how deceiving our nation is being on this issue.

  4. Hank says:

    Current immigration standards are destroying this nation. It has nothing to do with being kind or compassionate or even about those seeking a “better life”. Its about this country being able to survive as a First World Nation. As people who are foreign to the founding stock of this nation pour into this country and grow in number, soon to surpass the founding stock, this nation will begin to head into the direction of Third World status. You cannot have a First World Nation with a Third World popluation. It just doesn’t work. Why do you think they are leaving their nations? If they were capable of building and sustaining a First World Nation they would have stayed home. And don’t start typing that old worn out line, “This Nation was built by immigrants!” That is a half-truth. Immigrants, yes, but not Third World immigrants. European white immigrants that had cultural, religious, and family ties already here. Multiculturalism destroys nations. Anyone noticed Europe lately? Immigration is bringing her to her knees and she is just now beginning to see her mistake and wake up. This country, whether she is now or not, has from the beginning had God and Scripture woven into her fabric and culture. No, she has not always been faithful to it, but you see it there. As immigration continues and millions and millions of these people come in they will bring their false gods and religion with them. You will see more and more of their mosques and temples popping up and lesser and lesser Christian churches. These people do not assimilate now. Why do you think you see Spanish everywhere you look? What do you think is going to happen when they are the majority? God said “GO” and take the truth to them, not have them come and destroy the nation that God has used to take the Gospel around the world, feed country after country, and basically just help millions and millions of people around the world through our generosity. Who is going to do all of that once we become like all the other nations because they just transferred their poplulation here?

  5. I think the issue goes beyond our current laws. Immigration and respectful treatment of immigrants (legal or otherwise) has been an issue with which every generation of our country has had to deal with going all the way back to the Massachusetts Bay Colony and the hatred and fear that grew between the Puritans and the Pilgrims. No law will suffice until men’s hearts are changed.

  6. NEO says:

    I long since gave up blaming the illegals, there is no mechanism that would let them be legal, I suspect if they were, they wouldn’t tolerate the abuse they are subject to.

    A huge amount of reform is necessary, but I haven’t much of a clue where to begin.

    Good post.

    • mtsweat says:

      True Neo, huge, maybe even colossus reform. I’m with you though, no clue where to begin. Possibly by simply befriending those we have opportunity to and at least allow them a place in our lives. Thanks.

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