Carl Mays: Do the right thing in the right way
Several items triggered this column. First of all, the sermon I heard Sunday was titled “Grace and Truth.” Presented well, it delved into chapter one of John’s Gospel, focusing on John 1:14, “And the Word (Christ) became a human being and lived here on earth among us and was full of grace and truth.” The primary emphasis, as declared by the sermon title, was “full of grace and truth.”
Secondly, having presented the keynote address at the 2006 Border Patrol Chiefs Conference in El Paso, and getting to know some of them personally, I have been paying more attention to various border patrol concerns since then. Considering a major current topic in government and media is the surge of illegal immigrants flooding across the Texas border, I have paid even more attention.
I saw Sean Hannity’s Fox News interview with Hector Garza, spokesperson for the National Border Patrol Council that represents border patrol agents and support staff. In the brief interview, Garza explained how our federal government is aiding and abetting the illegal influx and that the current immigration law allows aliens from countries other than Mexico and Canada to enter the country illegally.
Garza detailed how an earlier law to prevent illegal Mexicans and Canadians entering the country did not take into consideration that countries worldwide would one day be transporting people to cross our southern borders: “What's happening is that we treat them differently than we do aliens from Mexico or Canada... our government is pretty much giving them a free pass into our country. And we are very concerned about it. We want to make sure that our borders are secured and patrolled by our agents, and we want to be able to do our job.”
And then I saw a press release from the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers in which Chairperson Zack Taylor said, "This is not a humanitarian crisis (as some officials and media would have us believe), this is a manufactured crisis. Any media outlet that calls this a humanitarian crisis is concealing what is actually happening. This is the result of American leaders taking America into a lawless state over time and this latest invasion by opportunistic law breakers is a direct result of their actions. Period."
Taylor explained how the migrants, most of whom are minors from Central America, are encouraged to enter the U.S. by the current administration – how rather than being turned away when they cross the border, the foreigners are being given taxpayer-subsidized benefits, including housing, food, recreation, education, vocational training and legal counsel – and how most of the illegal immigrants will ultimately be allowed to stay in the U.S.
The final column trigger came from an article sent to me by one of the agencies that offer me books and articles to review. This article deals with the Cloward–Piven strategy, a political strategy devised in 1966 by sociologists and political activists Richard Cloward and Frances Piven. These Columbia University professors proposed establishing a guaranteed annual income for everyone in the U.S, blurring the lines between class distinctions – in essence, socialism. The article suggests that what is happening in America today and the current admission of illegal aliens is advancing such a strategy – a strategy that also infiltrates America with future voters.
Sunday’s sermon contained no mention of the border crisis. It wasn’t a “political sermon,” nor should it have been. However, it did emphasize that Jesus “came not to abolish the law but to fulfill it” (Matthew 5:17). What I am asking here is, shouldn’t we follow suit? Shouldn’t we, America, “fulfill” an immigration law passed by short-sighted politicians and now establish its “full” intent? And shouldn’t we do it with grace?
© 2014 by Carl Mays, National Speakers Association Hall of Fame member and author of over a dozen books. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or view www.carlmays.com.