Xenophobia is a fear of strangers. It is an illogical fear of someone with a different color, gender, national origin or even political affiliation. When such fear takes over all logic goes out the window. We no longer use our minds to reason but we have a visceral reaction against almost anything that the object of our hatred does. And so it is with the recent debate over immigration. When logic goes out the window, we can be tempted to lie or even perform immoral acts that in our right minds we would not engage in. And so it is with the Republicans today. Executive orders have been deemed legal by constitutional experts. Yet, the accusations keep coming. And in all this heated debate, where are those who ask what is the moral thing to do?
The simple fact of the matter is that Barak Obama did the moral and right thing. It is strange that a moral act is attacked in this country, yet we should not be shocked. Jesus was constantly attacked by those who pretended to be right, Pharisees, Sadducees and teachers of the law. They accused him of breaking their law too. No matter who will win the current argument, one thing is clear to any Christian who really understand the parable of the sheep and goats: Barak Obama has won because he took the moral high ground and Republicans who took the moral low ground on this issue have lost.
To clarify for those Christians who have either forgotten or chosen to ignore this parable of the last judgment, there will come a time when all will stand before their Maker and give account. Matthew clarifies that how we treat foreigners (strangers) does count with God. Do we treat them like Jesus or do we simply make them unwelcome? Our national reputation is becoming that of an unfriendly, unwelcoming peoples. Our airports and other ports of entry treat visitors rudely and Republicans treat a President who wants to do the morally right thing as an enemy of the state. How ludicrous!
Would Jesus tell Barak, “Truly I tell you, what you did for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me”? And will Jesus say to him, “‘Come, you are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance in the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world”? What would Jesus tell these immoral and heartless Republicans? Would he say something like, “Truly I tell you, what you did not do for these second class non-citizens, you did not do for me. Go away to eternal punishment!”?
I hope not. I pray that Republican repent of this evil.