Why does the Christian right speak so much about the unborn and ignore policies that throw the ones who are born under the bus?
“The children will be taken care of — put into foster care or whatever.” This is the answer White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly gave NPR in response to a question about whether it’s “cruel and heartless to take a mother away from her children.”
He was defending a new policy from the departments of Justice and Homeland Security that separates parents (who arrive at the US-Mexico border with their children and have no visa) from their kids. These families are coming to the United States because they fear for their lives in Central America.
OK. I know that 80 percent of the Christian right voted for this president, and I’ve heard that this support seems to be holding steady. I understand this group of Christians supports the president because of his current stance in regard to abortion. Fair enough. But tell me, why does the Christian right speak so much about the unborn and ignore policies that throw the ones who are born under the bus?
One thing that made Jesus so unique in the 1st century was his love for children. In an age when people tended to ignore anyone below their kneecaps, Jesus saw them, and this makes him unique among the great spiritual exemplars of the world.
Jesus saw them trying to keep up with caravans of people on pilgrimage. He liked to set them on his knee when he taught. Maybe it was because he was the oldest of Mary’s many children. He knew how to hold their wobbly little heads in his carpenter’s palm — how to pass them carefully back to their mothers without dropping them.
Jesus saw children. Once in a while, we see them too. A photo of a drowned three-year-old Syrian boy wearing a red T-shirt, shorts and sneakers went viral. For a moment the whole world took notice. And all he and his parents wanted was a place where he could grow up in safety; the same thing Central American families want for their children; the same thing our immigrant ancestors wanted for us; the same thing Jesus wanted for every child born.
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Reported by: Salt Lake Tribune