Is It Morally Right to Separate Children From Their Families?

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Today is Father’s Day.  My father went home to be with the Lord several years ago.  My younger brother shared a wonderful post in tribute to my Dad: “Silent you were but your presence was known to many.  Your hard work throughout life providing for your family and community never went unnoticed.  Your nod and laugh was your approval. May your legacy live for years on in.”

This makes me think about the families that are currently being torn apart.  The Bible says, there is a way that seems right, but the end is destruction. My heart grieves for the children that are being separated from their families trying to cross the border illegally.  I understand that a “zero tolerance” immigration policy has been instituted that includes criminally prosecuting illegal border-crossers and separating them from their children who cannot be held in criminal detention centers, but is it that simple? Is it morally right?

The pledge of allegiance states “one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” That’s not to say that people have the right to enter the country illegally, but they do have the right to be treated justly.  I believe the problem is fixable.  We cannot continue to blame one person or one party for something that has evolved over the course of years. The constant bickering will never resolve the issue.  Our nation’s leaders are accountable to God.  He is the one who gave them authority to govern.  Our leaders should humble themselves before God, stop skirting the issue, put away partisan politics and come to the table to find a solution. These children should not to be preyed upon to punish their parents for wanting a better life for them.  They are helpless! They are needy! This is what the Lord requires. “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8 , Psalm 106:3, “Blessed are they who observe justice, who do righteousness at all times!”

Isaiah 10:1-2 English Standard Version (ESV) says, “Woe to those who decree iniquitous decrees, and the writers who keep writing oppression, to turn aside the needy from justice and to rob the poor of my people of their right, that widows may be their spoil, and that they may make the fatherless their prey!

A decree is an official order issued by a legal authority. Iniquitous means grossly unfair and morally wrong. God loves all mankind. We are all created in His image (Genesis 1:27). He is concern about how we treat others.  When we no longer care about others we are not living the mandate given to us to love our neighbor as ourselves?

The Preamble of the Declaration of Independence states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.1  Does this only apply to our nation or do we believe that all men are truly created equal whether they live in this country or another? The United States became an icon of freedom on the date of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. The Statue of Liberty reads “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door! ”

God gives all human beings life.  He gives them the right to to freedom and dignity. We are all created in His image.  We each are infinitely valuable in the sight of God. We all have the right to opportunities and to be given the potential to flourish no matter our race, religion or nationality. 4db5131354c5f1cdd2c3b79e1eca864f

On Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited the Bible Romans 13 as justification for his new, tough “zero tolerance” immigration policy saying “Persons who violate the law of our nation are subject to prosecution. If you violate the law you subject yourself to prosecution,”   In response, Franklin Graham, son of prominent evangelist Billy Graham said on the Christian Broadcasting Network: “It’s disgraceful, and it’s terrible to see families ripped apart and I don’t support that one bit,” 2 Graham, admonished all lawmakers for decades of negligence. Many other religious groups are imploring the Trump Administration to stop separating families.

The Apostle Paul taught how we should conduct ourselves as citizens and that we should obey the law and those that are in authority over us because every authority that exists has been instituted by God. He also taught a lesson on justice as it relates to continually loving one another. Verses 9-19 says, “Love and value others the same way you love and value yourself.” “Love makes it impossible to harm another, so love fulfills all that the law requires.”

Judgments must be just and equitable.  Proverbs 17:15  The Message says, “Whitewashing bad people and throwing mud on good people are equally abhorrent to God.” America needs a spiritual awakening. This is a strategic hour in human history. It is time for us to wake up!

  1. Declaration of Independence: A Transcription, https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/declaration-transcript, June 17, 2018
  2. Franklin Graham criticizes Trump policy of separating families at border, http://thehill.com/homenews/392104-franklin-graham-criticizes-policy-separating-families-at-border.

Blessings,

Dr. Francine is an ordained minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. She hosts a broadcast called “Going Beyond Church” on Facebook. You can connect with Dr. Francine on Facebook at @afrancinegreen as well as on Twitter @beyond_2017. Visit her website at http://www.afrancinegreen.com.

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