Ever since Glenn Beck announced his plan to take food and soccer balls to the illegal immigrants who recently flooded across the border, I have been very vocal in my opposition. To be fair, I was never against bringing the men, women and children, gang affiliated or not, water or food. What I have been against is making them comfortable here. As we know, the Obama Administration is already moving these illegal immigrants inland, away from the border and integrating them into our society. Delaware was among the states that were asked to accept some of them.
While I sympathize with their plight and appreciate the dangerous and difficult journey that they undertook, they still broke the law and they must be returned to their country of origin and asked to come back the right way. I believe in immigration. Legal immigration. My dad’s family came here through Ellis Island. I understand the desire to seek a better life. But notice that my family came through Ellis Island. My father’s grandfather was picked up by a merchant ship in the North Sea and brought back to Ellis Island in 1912. In 1920, he returned to Germany and brought back my great grandmother and my grandfather. He spent 8 years here, before the internet, before telephones, 8 years alone, in a new country where they spoke a language that he didn’t speak. He worked menial jobs to make his way and eventually, he got his family to the States. So make no mistake, I understand why people try to get to America. The difference is that my great grandfather didn’t sneak in. He came through the front door. Which is why I stand by my belief that these illegal immigrants should be returned to their country of origin.
With all of that said, I would be lying if I didn’t say that I’ve softened my stance a little. I am a man of faith and my faith tells me that I should be kind to those in need. What softened my stance? In this article on The Blaze, Dana Loesch says something that makes a whole lot of sense.
Loesch, who will be accompanying Beck to the border, said she understands the frustrations of those who were angered by the event, saying: “I get it. You feel like you cannot take it anymore from this administration. You feel overwhelmed. Every day there’s a new headline: the NSA, the IRS, the EPA, the NEA, the BLM, the DOJ, the ICE, Benghazi, voter fraud, healthcare. The list goes on and on and you feel persecuted, and your patience for everything has run out. Fam, I feel you.”
But Loesch said Americans cannot allow themselves to be overwhelmed by the issues of the day, the year, or even the administration.
“We are in a marathon. This isn’t a sprint,” she said. “It is a generational war, and the best thing that you can do is raise conservatives, outreach in your community, stay engaged, care for each other, and pray. Don’t take your frustrations out on each other. It’s exactly what they want.”
It reminded me of Hebrews 12:1:
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
This is the race that has been marked out for us. Are we going to turn away or are we going to press on? Will we allow the vitriol of the world culture to so distort us that we become capable of turning a blind eye to real need? That’s not the person that I want to be. I want to be the guy who stops to help the kid pop his chain back on his bike sprocket, the man who steps up to help people when they need it. True help will not always be giving people what they want. Sometimes it will involve the person needing help to go through some pain. But in this case, it’s worth remembering that these are still people. They should be treated as such.