This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ – Matthew 22:38-39
I’m sitting in a restaurant having my lunch and I see a child crying out for his mother because she walked away from him to get condiments for their food. I hear another child crying because she can’t have what her sister is eating. And I hear the laughter and screams from children playing in the eatery’s indoor playground. I smile when I hear children laughing and I don’t even know what they are laughing about. When I hear a child cry, I look up to see what could be the problem, to see if there’s anything I can do to help.
Then I ask myself how would I feel if someone took my children or my grandchildren until the government gets through fighting and pulling political and power moves. I’m thinking about the children who are being taken away from their parents because they are illegal immigrants. I know we have to make sure our borders are secure and I know we have to obey the law of the land. I also believe there’s a better way to deal with the country’s illegal immigrant problems. And I don’t believe separating children from their parents is the answer.
I hear President Trump supporters saying the former-president Obama did the same thing. I don’t even know if that’s true or not. But for all intensive purposes, let’s say he did. The right thing for current president Trump to do is stop this madness of taking children from their parents. If you have to detain someone for illegally crossing the border, keep them and their children together. Ask yourself:
How would I feel if my children were taken from me in a strange land? How would I feel if I had to deal with the thoughts of never seeing my children again? How would I feel if my child’s screams grew faint as they pulled him away from me? If we would put ourselves in other people’s situation we wouldn’t be so quick to react negatively.
Ask yourself how you would feel if you were in the same situation.