I recieved an email that started out like this...
I SUGGEST WE LINE A COUPLE OF ARMY DIVISIONS ALONG THE MEXICAN BORDER AND SHOT EVERYONE THAT TRIES TO CROSS .... I REALIZE THIS IS NOT CHRISTIAN; HOWEVER, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
The it went on how Mexico's own immigration policy is strict.
But I had to send a response back to all, and it went like this...
I find it interesting, yet freighting when people seem to “claim” to know a “Christian concept”, like in this case…
Yet in the same breath, deny it, justifying it on man-centered terms.
There are tons of examples God has set before us in His Word to us, concerning thinks like this, in both the Old Testament & the New Testament.
The best one for this maybe is about “the good Samaritan”…
This is also one of the most mis-understood in American Christianity.
Unlike the popular understanding that this was a story to do good for your neighbor…
That is NOT what it was about.
Like this email, it was about man trying to justify a political “type” agenda.
It was Jesus harsh response to a loaded question given to Him… as he was trying to justify himself.
Jesus did not say “be nice to people next door to you”.
He used a Samaritan, of all the people groups, a Samaritian.
The Jews had more respect and dealings with the Romans.
They would pass by a Roman soldier on the street, but they would go out of their way to avoid even having eye contact with a Samaritan.
To say that we need to strengthen our boarders, and that we have a right to do so is correct. But to suggest shooting and killing someone... and then trying to justify it... and on top of that, sending the hatred to others...
Well lets just say that one of the #1 reasons for Atheism in America is so-called Christians who praise Jesus with their lips in a Church building, but outside of that building, demonstrate their true belief of a worldly manner. The hypocrisy is astounding.
If you think it is not, then why not mention this to everyone in your Church and your Pastor.
You wouldn't, because in a Church building is where your once a week and ½ dose of Jesus exists.
I am not trying to be hard in my response here, but Jesus was not a “funny Guy” who was half hearted about His command, (not a suggestion as most American Christians take it) to love one another.
[The Parable of the Good Samaritan]
And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”
But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”
(Luke 10:25-37 ESV)
If you call yourself a Christian (follower of Christ) and can say things like this, then I ask you to examine your self in the light of Scripture, and what Scripture says a true believer will demonstrate.
I don't know your true heart, this email does not know your true heart, but God knows it, even your thought life, He says if you hate your brother, you have committed murder.