Let me start by saying that the U.S. is not a theocracy and this blog post is not a plea to make it one. I do not believe any of the three branches of government should follow God’s law — though I will say that there are some pretty good ideas in there about how to run a life and a country, but that’s just me talking so onward we go:)
On Thursday, the Supreme Court “decided,” 4-4, that Pres. Obama’s plan to shield some 4 million immigrants who are here without proper documentation could not stand. (A tie means the decision reverts to an earlier court’s. “Decided” because we’re missing a justice, after Antonin Scalia died in February, and the Senate Republicans decided they’d stonewall until after the election, when we’ll all be shoveling coal in Trumpocracy.)
From the Washington Post, the President’s plan would have:
deferred deportation for those who have been in the country since 2010, have not committed any serious crimes and have family ties to U.S. citizens or others lawfully in the country.
There was much exultation in the conservative press over this “decision” (do your job, Senators), but here’s where the Christian’s conundrum comes in:
As Christians, we don’t get to close our doors. We simply don’t. Both Hebrew and Christian scriptures are full of admonitions to accept the stranger in our midst, and to even make a place at the table for that stranger. Part of that comes from the notion that we are to live in love, but part of that is also an acknowledgement that we are, as it says in I Peter, strangers in a strange land, ourselves. We know what it’s like to live as a peculiar people — if we’re doing it right, that is — and how important it is to reach out for our own. That’s any one who’s disenfranchised, or lost, or alone — because those descriptions, given how we’ve chosen to live our lives, fit us, as well.
So we can’t applaud this lack of moral guts from the Supreme Court. We can, however, do our dead level best to fight against it. We are Christians. These are our people. All are our people.
End of sermon. Selah.