Attorney General Sessions, Call Me

It seems your knowledge of Scripture is limited. Please call me. I can help. Using Romans 13 to justify the abusive policy of separating parents and children shows a completely misguided understanding of the text.

The early church was oppressed by Roman Occupation and fledgling communities needed to keep a low profile or risk becoming snacks for hungry lions. The counsel to obey the law was a practical piece of advice to believers in order to avoid imprisonment and certain death. Using it to justify imprisonment is just plain wrong. Please go back and read all of Romans 13. Cherry picking Scripture to justify this outrageous behavior is insulting to people of faith everywhere who have a working knowledge of Scripture. It is insulting to God and all that is holy. You should be ashamed of yourself.

In the future, if you must quote Scripture (which is totally inappropriate anyway), I recommend you thoroughly study the text and read the surrounding verses and chapters. A good commentary is helpful.

When the Bible is read as a whole book there are several themes that are evident throughout. I suggest you read the Bible until you see and begin to understand these themes. Then you can go to your prayer closet and confess your misuse of the sacred text.

The Bible clearly states that we are to care for the poor, the orphan, the alien in our land, the widow and the oppressed. It is part of the covenant we share with God, a covenant that began in Genesis and runs throughout the Second Testament. Scripture always points toward a preferential option for the poor.

A second theme is God’s relentless Justice. God has an agenda for the creation pronounced “good”. Live in right relationship with God, others and all of creation. This country is on a dangerous path of isolationism. Alienating our allies has, throughout history, brought ruin. A study of the fall of Israel and Judah could be quite informative for you. History does repeat itself.

The call to right relationship is essentially a call to discipleship. It is impossible to be a follower of Jesus and ignore the teachings of Jesus. Being Christian means seeing the face of Christ in the children and parents being wrenched apart.

It is wholly appropriate to quote:

“And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you? And the king will tell them, ‘Truly I say to yo, just as you did it to one of the least of those who are members of my family (and this means all people) you did it to me.’ Then he will say to those at his left hand ‘You that are accursed depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, I was naked and you did not give me clothing, and in prison and you did not visit me.’ ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison and did not take care of you?’ Then he will answer them, ‘truly I tell you, JUST AS YOU DID NOT DO IT TO THE LEAST OF THESE, YOU DID NOT DO IT TO ME.” ( Matthew 25:39-46)

Mr. Sessions, I suggest you read this passage until you get it. I remind you that you are not a servant of the administration or your political party, you are a servant of the people.

And lots of your people are outraged. This country has a long history of ripping parents and children apart and it is not a partisan issue. I get that. There is plenty of blame to go around. There is also plenty of opportunity here to do something different; something just, something compassionate. Just because it is legal does not mean it is moral.

Please return to my blog next week as I continue with central themes of Scripture including love, grace and the prophetic task. Mr. Sessions, if you are interested in private Bible Study lessons call me.





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