Suffer the Children: What About Family Separation at the Border?
AS FORMER MISSIONARIES who have worked very closely with children, my wife, Ellen, and I have witnessed firsthand the devastating effects on children who have been separated from their parents, whether by abandonment, drug abuse, family conflict or criminal activity.
Separating children from their parents is traumatic under any circumstances and has devastating long term effects on the mental, physical, and emotional development of children.
I want to recommend to you an excellent article by Joe Carter, editor for The Gospel Coalition entitled; The FAQ’s: What you Should Know About Family Separation at the Border, for a fuller understanding of the issues.
I recognize that this is a complicated, controversial and emotional issue, and would like to offer some suggestions going forward.
1 - PRAY! Pray for our leaders and those in authority over us to rule justly.
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. - 1 Timothy 2:1-4.
May I also offer this prayer from St. Paul’s Cathedral in London:
God, no one is a stranger to you.
In your kindness look with mercy on those who today are fleeing from danger.
Watch over migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, those separated from their loved ones, those who are lost and those who have been exiled from their homes.
Bring them safely to the place where they long to be, and help us always to show your kindness to strangers and those in need.
Bless the work of those seeking to bring them relief.
Awaken compassion and urgency in governments and all whose decision making can make a difference and guide the nations of the world towards that day when all will rejoice in your Kingdom of justice and of peace;
We ask this through Christ our Lord, who too was a refugee and migrant, who traveled to another land searching for a home. Amen
2 - As Evangelicals guided by the Bible, we recognize that the Word of God is our ultimate authority, and as followers of Christ, our primary citizenship and loyalty is to the Kingdom of God, not to a particular nation state.
3 - I encourage you to inform yourself, thoughtfully and prayerfully, and to engage our culture over current issues. Consider also contacting your local and national representatives to voice your concerns, as you feel led.
4 - Lastly, let us “do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God.” Let us love sacrificially and let us hope confidently.
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