Give Me Liberty and Give Me Love

Personally, I have no problem with asylum and granting amnesty to people of any race, color or creed regardless of where they are from who are making or who have made an honest attempt to find a better life for themselves and their families here in America.

God Bless America and God Bless all of us (Non-Native) whose ancestors were all immigrants themselves. There is no shame in my opinion for the man or woman who has come here in pursuit of peace, freedom, prosperity and happiness for themselves and the ones they love.

And God Bless all the resident, green card carrying, hard working, honest, tax paying people of any tribe or tongue regardless if they choose to become a citizen or not.

After all, that has been America’s promise for many years.

“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!”

These are the words engraved on Our Statue of Liberty. A gift from France that I believe we may want to consider returning if we were to keep trying to close that door. On the other hand, the genuine concern of problems that come into America with cultures who have spent generations trapped in poverty and have developed a do whatever you have to do to survive mentality…

The crime, the drugs, the cash, the gangs, the prostitution, the way of life that so many have adopted arguably whether by choice, influence, enviorment, or necessity…. overseas or here in our own homegrown territory.

Let’s face it, poverty and it’s fruits is poverty and it’s fruits, anywhere we see it.

To me, it all comes down to the great divide that money and many people’s unhealthy love for it and their fear of losing it has caused.

The bottom line is this.

When the bottom line (money) becomes more important to us than the needs of the people around us, I’m afraid we as a society may have lost our way…When it is uprooted from our hearts to Seek First The Kingdom of God and sown instead some hateful rhetoric of national, patriotic, us first, separatism… I’m afraid we have lost our Christian way.

I suggest we reconsider that old statement that declares “Money Makes The World Go Around” and see that it’s actually not money that does so but Love.

Love is the answer to all our earthen woes.

Love doesn’t close the door.

Love finds a way for us all to eat.

Love gets everyone access to clean drinking water.

Love clothes the naked and brings good news to the poor.

Love comforts the hurting and covers the cold.

Love turns wastelands into gardens and barren deserts into streams of living water again.

Love brings hope, healing, transformation and peace.

Love changes everything.

and Love is The Law of God.

God is Love.

– Stay in Love, pastor Scott


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