Carlos Rodriguez 
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Re: “Desert Ordeal

Follow the Laws, we can disagree on whether migrants sin when they cross. I'm really not in the position to say as I don't claim to know specific circumstances. In my comments, I was stating the question at hand as having to do with our reaction to migration. We seem to agree that we are called to be merciful. Where we seem to disagree is whether Jesus' command to extend mercy (as he says we must do when we visit the imprisoned) relies on whether we deem them to be guilty or innocent. I believe it does not. We are to visit prisoners, as we are to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, etc. if they have sinned or not. Whether they "deserve" our mercy is immaterial. For example, if a person gets hit by a car while jaywalking (or robbing a bank even) we need to come to their aid and at least call an ambulance. If a person broke immigration laws and, for the sake of argument, sinned, we must still come to their aid and welcome the stranger when they are treated unjustly. When does that happen? When people are deported after many years of living in this country without getting into trouble; when we deport U.S. combat veterans who break the law (even for minor offenses); when we deport DACA students if they steal a pair of shoes; when we cause children to fear that they'll come home after school and not find their parents. To treat them just is to make them pay penalties like everybody else. To treat them unjustly is to tack on additional penalties simply because of their legal status and because we want to be all about the law. But what about God's Law? How do I sin when I don't extend mercy, and how does the nation disobey a command of God (as you reference in Acts) when we fail to see others as fellow children of God. Further along the passage you quote in Romans, Paul instructs us that 'Love does no evil to the neighbor; hence, love is the fulfillment of the law.' In essence, we are to love for love, ahem, trumps law.

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Posted by Carlos Rodriguez on 06/09/2017 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Desert Ordeal

The purpose of the walk is to raise awareness and to remember the dead. More than 7,000 people have died crossing the US-Mexico border in the last 20 years -- and that number only includes the ones who have been discovered. Now you know. What you choose to do with that information is between you and your God.

To suggest that our 75-mile walk encourages or discourages anyone from making the trek north is foolish. People migrate to escape violence, reunite with family, and to search for a better life. I am certain that the face of a hungry child is more compelling than my blistered feet.

While governments in source countries share the blame, the United States cannot claim to be innocent. International trade policies that make it impossible for people to make a living in their home countries, expatriated gang members who learned the thug life in the U.S. and are now committing atrocities in their original homelands, immigration policies that make it unrealistic to wait in line, walls around urban crossing ports of entry that force people into more remote and dangerous routes, and the continued demonization of people who simply want to feed their families all contribute to this man-made humanitarian crisis. Migration (as we see it in the animal kingdom) is part of God's Creation. While we can agree that borders help a nation regulate who enters and who does not, border enforcement must be humane. Judgment day will come for us individually and as nations (see Matthew 25:31-45).

Finally, how we treat one another matters. Walls, anti-immigrant ordinances, and sin all separate us from one another and from God.

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Posted by Carlos Rodriguez on 06/09/2017 at 2:33 PM

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