Let the Children Come


So, the United States allegedly now has more than 2,000 children at different facilities, where they remain separated from their families.  What are Christians to think about this situation?

There is a moral question that must be answered before proceeding to what the law allows and does not allow.  As Catholics we should always “Give to Caesar what belongs to him and give to God what belongs to him.”

The Law

          The first thing that belongs to God is the law. If we refer to Thomas More and John Fisher, who publicly stated that they were loyal servants of the King, but God’s first and Henry VIII had both executed.

            Scripture proves to us that one cannot violate God’s laws to obey those of the State when they’re in conflict.  This does not mean that we go out and put his or head on the chopping block.  “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”  If the act or forcefully separating a child from his parent or other relative, is not a neutral act.  We’re talking about separating children from parents who can care for them.   As to those who execute the separation, we have no right to judge as good or evil, until they have been examined by a jury and judge.

The Franciscans of Life first seek to fulfill and proclaim God’s laws concerning human life concerning what the Gospel of Life has to say about life outside the womb.  It is equally sacred, has human rights, and, freedom to make choices, when we reach an age where we can reason for ourselves.  Children have a right to be part of their family if it’s safe.  Parents who have a proven track record of caring for their children, have a God-given right to care for and raise their children.

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Children are a gift from God to a man and a woman.  Parenting is often the humanizing trigger in life of the parent.  If we take away from man that which makes him more human we create dangerous people

God gives us civil leaders to guide us in the fulfillment of his commands.  When those civil leaders are out of sync with revealed moral law, citizens with a well-formed moral conscience have the right and duty to insist that the government exercise restraint and good will.

Jews, Christians and Muslims agree that God reveals his law through prophets and their disciples.  Christians know that God revealed his will for humanity through his son, Jesus Christ as well.  He also made use of many great men and women through the centuries.

Good citizenship calls for us to exercise good moral judgment, before considering the law of the State.  God’s law always sets the path that human law must follow.  We must be ready to inform our leaders when they lose sight of the path.  Very often it’s because our leaders do not know God’s position on certain subject.

Rebelling won’t help get these kids back to Mom and Dad, reasonable dialogue and the desire on both parties to find the right path, not outdo each other will.  “Let the children come to me,” says the New Testament.  Muslim, Jew or Christian children first contact with God is through the lessons on justice, peace, and compassion they learn from through their parents.  Our first encounter with God should always be through our parents and family, not in a holding tents.

Undocumented migrant children detained and separated from their parents, waiting to be reunited. Reuters

Published in: on June 26, 2018 at 7:43 PM  Comments (1)  

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  1. Matthew 25:34-46 pretty much covers it for me. For others, maybe not.
    I just hope I’m in the group from verse 40.


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