What you believe about the Statue of Liberty, immigration, disability, and our current US administration tells me everything I need to know about how you feel about Jesus and how you feel about me.
There has been a recent change to the immigration policy in the United States. It states that whether a person is admissible to the United States or not will be based on his or her likelihood of becoming a public charge at any time in the future, as set forth in the Immigration and Nationality Act.
The expressed goal is “to ensure that aliens seeking to enter and remain in the United States — either temporarily or permanently — are self-sufficient and rely on their own capabilities and the resources of family members, sponsors, and private organizations rather than on public resources.”
Great, right?! Except how can you know? Beyond the obvious discrimination of people with disabilities like me, many of whom are fleeing violence, etc., it could be YOU at any time. Becoming disabled can and does happen at ANYONE. Further, if you live long enough you will almost certainly become disabled. Bodies don’t last forever without breaking down.
So, what does this mean? Unless you are super rich and elite, keep out? That’s sure what it seems like. What about Medicare? If you enter the country at a younger age and never need any public assistance, something you cannot know unless you are super rich, will you be eligible later in life? Does this exclude someone from coming to this country too? It’s a moving target.
Quite simply, we are moving toward eugenics. This should scare you into action!
I know it won’t. I’ve been around nondisabled people long enough to know how little they think beyond their immediate concerns. You just don’t see yourself as me.
This is why we have a long history of locking away our disabled and elderly people. If you don’t see them, you don’t have to believe you will be them. You are wrong!
Speaking of long history, our current US administration recently stated that the words on the Statue of Liberty were for immigrants coming from Europe too.
I know, racism, shocking… Except, you should be shocked! You should be shocked into action against this administration and its policies. You have a voice. Use it!
Read more on both these things here or just look at the news or use a search engine. If you are uniformed or unshocked, you may be the problem.
Furthermore, any notion that you can support this administration while calling yourself Christian or pro-life is a farce.
(Admittedly, I’m afraid to make this connection not because it is untrue, but because some have used this as justification to say the Church should be charged with charity, healthcare, and supports instead of the government.)
Frankly, you are not just wrong, the Church is pretty bad at these things. Feel free to ask me about accessibility.
That’s just it. These people claim to be Christians yet the sit in direct opposition to Jesus.
In case you haven’t looked in a while, he takes the powerful in this world and turns them, and their systems, upside down. I mean, Jesus literally tells the rich guy to sell all his stuff and give it to the poor. (Matthew 19:21-22)
Look at the Beattitudes (Matthew 5:1-11)
For Christ’s Sake (Literally) The first Christians lived as a commune. (Acts 2:44-47)
Maybe that’s why the Church is dying.
As for the rest of it, what you believe about the Statue of Liberty, immigration, disability, and our current US administration tells me everything I need to know.
Wherever you are this day: Love Accepts You, No Exceptions.
It also seeks justice and inclusion for the people on the margins; even those least like you. Jesus talks about that too.
I’ll let you look it up if you don’t believe me because, “Carry your own weight,” right?
Notes: 1. Uscis.gov, 2. USA Today – 8/13/2019, 3. Biblegateway.com