If It Were Yours?

The ultimate acid-test for grading the integrity of our actions will always be, “If I was on the receiving side of my words or actions, would I still think they were fair?”

Let’s just say, for example, you are living in Honduras without a job, without an advocate, afraid for your family’s safety, not knowing how long you will be able to feed and protect them.

Do you:

A) Fight against a corrupt system until they kill you and leave your family without protection?

B) Watch your family die because it is not fair to burden another country with their needs?

C) Decide your family deserves this fate because you should never have had children in the first place? Or,

D) Take a chance sending your children across the border, hoping that others will have mercy on them?

If this were your situation, would it seem reasonable for those more fortunate to turn you away or complain about the drain of resources for foreigners?

children at border





7 thoughts on “If It Were Yours?

  1. this may be far-fetched, but what if Moses’ mom had let Pharaoh kill him??!!~~ I don’t know why the families are sending the children over, but like you said, if that was us or our children, what kind of a receiving attitude would we be praying for??!!

  2. Well said Pam. Here in Australia our treatment of boat people /refugees is appalling. Do you know what is happening here? Regards Terry

    Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:40:09 +0000 To: terrymcgree@hotmail.com

    • Terry, thanks for reminding me. For a country like Australia (and the US) that is composed of immigrants and outcasts, we sure can forget quickly and, to our shame, revert to the “it’s-mine-and-you-can’t-have-it stance.” What grief and death we can breed while patting ourselves on the back!

  3. Sonia Navarro tried to tell us that this crisis was building when she wrote her book a few years ago. I am continually amazed that no one is addressing the suffering of these children. They are so weary, ill, hungry, and lonely by the time they get here. Thanks for appealing to compassion, Pam.

  4. Thank you, Valerie, for taking the time to show solidarity. It helps to remind me that our compassion is our mission. “Let the little children come to me…” – Jesus

  5. Rachel Deering

    I am right there with you, Pam. The angry mobs at the border make me cringe with embarrassment and sadness. This is more than just the ongoing immigration issue. This is a cry for help and it is wrong for the U.S. to ignore it.

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