• Kody Dowell

Immigration...Zero Tolerance?

If you watched the news any this week or logged on to some kind of social media then you most likely read or saw something about the zero tolerance immigration policy and the separation of families that are seeking asylum. I have read articles and opinions about this issue, but have refrained from sharing my thoughts on the issue for many reasons. I am not going to try to talk policy or the legality of what is going on because I do believe that what is being done is legal, but does that make it right?

I am very conservative when it comes to politics, I'm sure that comes to no surprise, but there are issues that come up that make me take a step back and rethink my stance on a issue. Immigration is one of those issues that makes me do just that. I am a firm believer that we are a nation of laws and that laws should be enforced, but the issues arise when I start to compare them to what the Word of God has to say.

Just like many of you, I have seen the articles and videos of families being separated because they have crossed the border illegally and charge with a misdemeanor crime. Before moving on, I need to clear one thing up. If a person or persons have committed a felony, such as a violent crime, then I do believe that further actions need to be taken, but if a family is simply seeking asylum fleeing from domestic or gang violence then we need to do everything in our power to stop separating families. I believe in the sanctity of life, which causes me to have my pro-life views, but that same sanctity needs to be motivation for all Christians to say that this is wrong. We can acknowledge that immigration is an issue and needs to be focused on while still demanding (and praying for) the laws to be changed.

I think the time for Christians to step back and remember that our allegiance to the Prince of Peace comes before our loyalty our country or our political party. I am a proud conservative American, but before all of that I am an ambassador for Christ because my life has been purchased by HIS blood.

I know that my grasp and understanding of the entire situation is limited at best, but it does not take much information for me to know that separating children from their parents is not the right way to deal with the issues that we have at the border. We need to do everything possible to protect these families that are fleeing harm, not hurt them even more.

In the end, it just comes back to the old bracelets that I loved to wear as a child...WWJD? I hope you will join me in praying for these families during this time and praying for our national leaders to see that there is a better way of handling these issues (whatever that better way might be) because separating families just cannot be it!

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