We were like those who dreamed

The American dream is much more than a dream of a dedicated landmass. It is an experiment, granted by our creator, based on an ideal that is deeply rooted in the unalienable birthrights of all men and women. In our nation of laws, however, a moral paradox exists concerning our dealings with the immigration dilemma.

“When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, ‘The LORD has done great things for them.’ The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.”   Psalm 126:1-3 New International Version (NIV)

The Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” This unalienable law, by definition, is “impossible to take away or give up.” This law is predicated upon the belief that all men are created equal.

These mere words hold weight in the truth that they reveal. But the words written are far removed from our reality. Even at the time they were written, slaves were still in chains, women were not allowed to vote and Native Americans were removed from their lands.

The inescapable fact is that these words have defined the periphery of our principles. Safely within its circumference is the amazing grace (i.e., unmerited favor) that stands as an open door for all. We, as a nation, are in flight, hurtling through time and history to catch up to our words, lest we fall victim to ultimate judgment by those same words. The word of God says that judgment begins in the house of God. 1 Peter 4:17

As Christ’s followers, we must look inward at our own practices of love, grace, forgiveness and compassion when we deal with our fellow men and women of all ethnicities, regardless of their national origin. This kind of love was once exhibited with extreme courage by the conductors of the Underground Railroad. These believers of unalienable rights, many of whom were clergy and followers of Christ, became the literal and spiritual lanterns of salvation. Many of those slaves had never felt the tangible love of God that extended beyond words.  Christ’s believers illuminated their dreams of freedom.

 Don’t I beg you, only hear the message, but put it into practice; otherwise you are merely deluding yourselves. The man who simply hears and does nothing about it is like a man catching the reflection of his own face in a mirror. He sees himself, it is true, but he goes on with whatever he was doing without the slightest recollection of what sort of person he saw in the mirror. But the man who looks into the perfect mirror of God’s law, the law of liberty (or freedom), and makes a habit of so doing, is not the man who sees and forgets. He puts that law into practice and he wins true happiness.”James 1:25 J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

Kevin Robinson, Executive Director of Accord1  

 

 

 

   

    

 

  

 

   

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