In Matthew 18:21-35, Jesus told the parable of the unforgiving servant.  In the parable, a king is trying to settle all his debts.  One particular servant has a large debt, but the man is unable to pay it and begs for mercy from the king.  The king is moved with compassion and forgives the entire debt.  Unfortunately, the servant does not return the same compassion to a man who is indebted to him.  In fact, he has the man imprisoned until he can pay the debt.  When the king finds out how harsh this man was to his debtors, he had the man tortured until he could pay the debt. Jesus then explains the moral of the story in verse 35.  He teaches that God will treat us just as harshly if we are unforgiving to others.  So, we are given the principle that we are expected to be as kind to others as God is to us.  This parable and its central principle have limitless applications to daily life.  One area which, I believe we should apply this principle is to the current discussion of illegal immigrants to our country.  

On Tuesday of this week, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky unveiled a plan to legalize or legitimize the estimated 11 million illegals in our country.  Unsurprisingly, he was immediately attacked by right wing zealots who believe that such a move is selling out.  While I understand the strong feelings some have about plans to legitimize illegal aliens, given the fact that they did come here illegally, I simply do not understand the general animosity toward these people.  We should not selfishly penalize them for wanting to live in our land of plenty and for doing whatever it takes to come to this country.  If we were in their shoes, we might do the very same thing.  Moreover, we have been abundantly blessed by God with material wealth in this land.  So we should be as generous to others as God has been to us in lavishing us with historically unprecedented wealth in this nation.  If we do not display the same generosity to these illegals, I believe we are violating the principle that Jesus taught in the unforgiving servant parable.  

I think it would wise to remember that we and our forebears were all once new arrivals to this land.  If we are ungenerous with these people after God has blessed us so richly, you can bet that God will be displeased, and you DO NOT want to be on God’s bad side.  Denying that there is a problem or holding these people hostage to our politics is definitely not the right moral course.  Moreover, our bad policy and incompetent political leaders are to blame for allowing this situation to get out of control.  And how did we get such bad leaders that produced this situation?  We only have ourselves to blame.  We have supported and elected very flawed people because we thought it was more important to win elections and to get handouts from our government god than it was to do the morally correct thing and elect honest capable people to represent us.    


I pray that you will walk in sweet fellowship with our Lord this day and that you will be as generous to others as God has been to you.  
 


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05/11/2016 1:25am

Illegal citizens and all individuals of the town and region must be eroded and enshrined in the right and exact settings. It is embedded and put forwarded. The success rate of the citizens of the times are highly rated and stated

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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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