The “zero tolerance policy” of the Trump administration has created a moral and spiritual crisis for our nation. This is certainly not the first time the U.S. has forcibly removed children from their homes, taking them even from their parents’ arms. Think indigenous tribes and people brought to this country as slaves. But most of us thought we had moved beyond our history and that we were becoming a better nation. Most of us believed the poem from the Statute of Liberty represents who we “truly” are:
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,”
Most Christians, I think, accept as authoritative the many words of prophets and of Jesus which tell us to not to oppress, in fact to care for, the “foreigner/alien” among us. To care for the poor, the “widows and orphans,” the children who come to us, “the least of these.” To hear our Attorney General quote only Romans 13 about obeying the laws of a government as scriptural authority to do what is being done tears at my heart. Many who are not Christian or who don’t know the Bible and the weight of its testimony against such a narrow interpretation of one passage against the words of Jesus and the prophets are being pushed even farther away from the Church.
For Christians who are committed to our faith and to what our Scriptures say, this is indeed a spiritual and moral crisis for us. I am convinced it is a moral crisis for our nation as well. God, help us.