JESUS AND THE PATH BACK HOME


I am a Christian, was raised Protestant and converted to Catholicism on my own, no one led me there.  I am not a preacher or teacher of the Bible or of Jesus.   I believe strongly in both.  With all that is going on in the world, a question that constantly comes up or to mind  “What would Jesus do?”  We ask that for our own guidance when we are uncertain or pulled in multiple directions with no easy answer and maybe lost for solutions and worried what the future holds.

There is no burning bush talking to me.   I may feel Jesus presence, but He is not visibly sitting at my table answering my many questions.  He would probably tell me “He has already given us the answers.”

Children from Mexico, South and Central America have been migrating here by the thousands.  Its been frequently written of all the problems they bring with them, there is no need to repeat it here; by now you’ve heard it all.

They are children.  I am not talking about the teenage gangs here.   That is another article.   I am concerned about the children that have been sent here by their families back home.  The children that are lost, ill, hungry, tired, scared and homeless because they may have been forced our way.

Americans, the most generous of people.  No nation gives more than we do.  The people of our nation do not want to see children suffer, but how much can we take.   We have problems of our own.  We can not always be the answer for the world.

So, what would Jesus do?  I believe He would expect us to take care of our family first.  How can we take care of others, when we struggle.   We have jobless, homeless, sick and hungry that need help.   We place, excuse the word but, outsiders before our own?

The children are at the border and yes they must be dealt with.   We should do what we can.  Would Jesus ask them, why did you leave, abandon your families?  Would he heal them, cloth them and give them food?  When they were rested, would He show them the path back home?   

 

14 thoughts on “JESUS AND THE PATH BACK HOME”

  1. Very well written, Arlin! I have tried to find how to adopt a young girl and was told there were no one younger than 12. I would take a 13 year old girl and be her foster mother. We were foster parents a lifetime ago. I would want to homeschool her though as she would not be able to go to public school as there is such a language barrier. It is my understanding that they don’t speak Spanish or Portuguese but their tribal language so it would be starting at the basics. I am home all day long so I could spend all day with her. I just don’t know how to go about it. My daughter home schools her 7 children so she could be a huge resource for me. I think my husband would love to have a young lady here with me all the time. Do you know how we get in to touch with those in order to foster a child in need? Let me know if you do!!!

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    1. nanarhonda, you might wish to check this page out from the US Conference on Catholic Bishops and contact them.

      http://www.usccb.org/about/children-and-migration/unaccompanied-refugee-minor-program/

      Here’s the contact info paragraph: Learn how you can become a foster parent to an unaccompanied refugee or immigrant minor! The URM foster care programs are separate from domestic foster care programs in that they have been developed by agencies with expertise in working with foreign-born children. Foster families are oriented towards the particular needs of refugee and immigrant children. Contact Children’s Services / 202-541-3081 for more information.

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      1. The website has old documentation so I called the number and left my name and email address as instructed and I added my phone number as well! I hope to hear from them soon! Thank you so much!

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    2. I am not sure, possibly a state agency….or if you are members of a church…a church adoption agency. I do know, when I was just out of college there was an organization that I did a financial assistance (kind of a foster child adoption program) for a native American boy. I sent a monthly contribution, if you will, along with letters to the boy. He sent me a photo and the funds I contributed mostly assisted with his school expenses. I must admit I had an ulterior motive, having native American blood myself. Over time, we lost touch, as he quit responding…..
      I commend you for what you want to do, and if I come up with any references for you will certainly let you know. Aside from that, I really enjoy this relationship we are building. You inspire me as well. My great great great grandfather was Black Hawk, Chief of the Sauk Nation. A fun fact. Keep me informed about the hopefully new addition to you and your husbands residence…..that is great. I hope it works out.

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  2. Fine questions, all. I certainly can’t speak for Him, either, but whenever I’m in doubt, I always refer back to Matthew 25:34-46. Maybe I’m letting my liberal side show here, but I don’t see where he put limits or qualifications in those words. My gut instinct absolutely agrees with you, that we have our own to take care of. Our own families, friends, communities. I also tend to think we’ve pretty much all, with precious few exceptions, become really spoiled with the bounty of our present age and take a great many luxuries as necessities and have perhaps confused what we’ve worked hard far as our right, and there’s absolutely something to that.

    So I’ll just use myself as an example without trying to come across as holier than thou, or better, or on a high horse or anything. I’ve got more than my fair share of flaws, and that’s the point I hope you see. I work a thoroughly blue collar job deep in farm country, cleaning ag implements for sales and service. That includes cleaning barley dust (itchy beyond reason), rotting grain, loose crop debris, and all manner of manure (cow, pig, horse) off everything from small utility tractors to 8-wheeled 4×4 massive tractors that pull air drills, combines, sprayers, the works. I am incredibly fortunate that I make nearly double minimum wage for the work I do. It’s “skilled,” but nowhere near the level of skilled as the diesel mechanics in the shop. I live in a part of the country where cost of living is reasonable, which is a huge contrast from the city life I left behind in DC and New Orleans. Come payday I’ve got enough to cover the bills, put a dent in debt, and cook a week’s worth of food for two on the weekend (no kids, so I can’t speak to the expense of raising them). I’m extra fortunate that my employer covers all the health insurance.

    As a result, I’ve got enough left to either save a bit or splurge on “necessities.” Snacks to go with and between meals. Overpriced beverages at the co-op during breaks (instead of always bringing my own from home, or in addition to). The computer I’m writing this on. A TV that 5-year old me would have died to have, and it’s only a 32″. And so on, and so on. I think most of us can relate on some level. I know I feel strapped from check to check, but honestly I’ve got enough and to spare if I cut some of the frills, and it wouldn’t even have to touch the rent or the groceries. Because I can cook at least fairly well (mock humility…I learned to cook in New Orleans, and on a tight budget I can still eat like a king, with the gut to show for it), there’s no end to the variety and quality of what I eat.

    And I *know* in my heart I (can’t speak for anyone else) I could absolutely do more to help those in need. It’s still in my box of good intentions (and we know where roads paved with those lead), but I know I could/should be doing something with my extra time/money to care for the sick, feed the hungry, provide clothing, give water to the thirsty, visit with prisoners, and/or take in strangers…to wit, immigrants, people I don’t know,, and not a bit of that would count against what is truly needed by myself and “my own.” I just keep making my own excuses for the time being. Next week. Next month. After I’ve gotten my new Widget 2000. And what I hear from the folks who actually do volunteer their time and resources is that they’re not the poorer for it, but the richer. They know more people. Their safety net is greatly expanded. Their consciences are as clear as human conscience can ever be. Yet I remain lulled by my own consumerism, learned over 30+ years of gluing myself to the TV and feeling like what must be done always involves going to a store or a place with admission fees to do it.

    I think the questions each of us can ask of ourselves (I’ll still leave should out of the question) is, “what can I truly part with? Do I *really* need that bag of Doritos? The extra watts worth of speakers in my truck? Another 10” of TV? A $5 latte when I can buy a french press for $25 and make my own coffee right at my desk as long as there’s hot water available?

    I’m not suggesting everybody needs to run out and save their own personal child, or take responsibility for an ill person not in the family, or actually visit a prison, etc., at least to the extent that it would actually be detrimental to family and self. But we can ask ourselves if there’s a favorite charity that exercises good stewardship of their funds, with low administrative overhead (so we’re not just giving hard earned dollars to support 5-star wine and dine donor meetings and 6-figure consultancy bills) that we can give to, even that extra $1, $5, or $10 a month? My own $10 means diddly squat, perhaps. Maybe it’ll feed a man for a day, or get her off the street for the night and that’s it. But, hypothetically, what if all 500 of my own blog followers saw me post (never happens) and each gave a measly $5 per month to one of those causes Jesus talked about? What difference would $5000 a month make to a non-profit hospice? Or a prison ministry? Or a meals on wheels program? Or a clean water fund for areas like the Dan River in North Carolina, tainted by Duke Energy. Or an immigration legal aid clinic?

    What if every American (on average) donated $100 a year…less than $10/month? For me, that’s less than two packs of smokes. Together, that’s $30 billion between us all. According to the UN’s (I know…not a lot of fans, but hey 🙂 ) Food and Agriculture Organization, $30 billion a year would eradicate hunger globally. Maybe that’s pie in the sky once we factor in corruption in the needy nations, but I think it gets the idea across. What could we, just as Americans, do with only $10/month?

    What *would* Jesus suggest?

    For the record, I’m agnostic, but I have a profound respect for people of faith that use that faith to do good in the world. Whatever I do or don’t believe, I would be fool to look to the teachings of Jesus and ignore them when he pretty much just suggests we beget kindness instead of wickedness.

    On that note, are there any charities you might recommend?

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    1. Wow, you write as fast as you think. You flatter me with your quick and logically thought out responses. My article must touch some nerves, good to know. I have to admit I look for your comments now….we’ve come a ways. I also listen to your words if you know what I mean. I enjoyed reading about where you are in your life, you are well lived. We seem to be alike in a lot of ways, with just enough respected difference to set off a spark in the other as a challenge. Always good to hear from you my friend.

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      1. I’m grateful for the openness you express here, and consider you a friend as well. More, I think you can be an inspiration to many, proof that it’s possible to be a good and patriotic American who can meet on the battlefield of ideas, spar a while, even come away disagreeing here and there, and still think, at least of some, that there are other (well, I mean to be) good Americans who want only the best for the country and for her people, even if our maps to that destination differ. And I think we share the same concerns that there are those, party/faith differences aside, who have maps that could lead us right off a cliff if we’re not paying attention. Yes, I’m giving Obama and those who think like him the stinkeye there. I’m happy to take scenic routes, if I might beat that metaphor to death a bit, and even to stop at some attractions along the way that I might not have picked out myself, as long as we all end up in the same place, an America where the ideals set forth in the preamble to our Constitution are met as well as we are able to meet them:

        A more perfect union
        The establishment of justice
        Assurance of domestic tranquility
        A reliable common defense
        Promotion of the general welfare
        Security of the blessings of liberty

        For all of us and all the generations to follow.

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    2. You asked what Jesus would suggest? Well, He was more focused on spreading the Gospels because the churches were the ones taking care of the widows and orphans. Today, the churches throw money at government-subsidized organizations feeling that absolves them from what Christ has expected them to do. Then they spread the Gospel from within, they don’t go OUT. This has been my experience with several difference churches. And those that did go OUT, they went to the very same neighborhood, like the other neighborhoods don’t need to hear the Gospel? As for feeding the children of the world, you are right, we Americans have sent millions of dollars of food only for it to sit and spoil because their government won’t give it to their starving people.

      I don’t mean for it to sound preachy or that I don’t love the church as I wish I did have one I could find to go to (I’m not Catholic) and feel that I am getting good teaching and not preaching. For now, the look seems bleak.

      I do have hope that we can get through with the phone number and are able to foster a young girl. If not, the I will take it as God’s will and leave it at that.

      Thank you for providing that phone number for me. I will try again today as it is a work day! Let’s hope I get through!

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