I remember when I was 5 years old I got lost in a store. Yes, that’s possible. I freaked out! I was on the verge of bursting into tears when I spotted them. What a relief to be reunited with them after minutes felt like an eternity.
I can’t imagine the trauma these children, some as young as toddlers, are experiencing from being separated from their parents.
Possible deportation for the entire family is the risk that I’m sure the parents knew could happen.
My concern is that there was not much forethought before the raids yesterday of what to do with them.
No one thought about the fact that raids taking place during school hours would leave children displaced, at worst, homeless.
I’m Not Minimizing Entering the Country Illegally
What I am saying is that we as a nation, our governmental leaders, and the leaders of our communities have to come up with a solution to this crisis.
I don’t think that people are going to stop trying to get into our country as they’re fleeing theirs for whatever their reason for coming here is.
These children didn’t make the decision to come into our country illegally! They must be treated humanely while suffering the consequences for their parents decisions. Their innocence and mental health depends on it.
My fear is that these children will grow to hate America because of how they were treated for their parents mistakes.
What Can The Church Do?
I’ve read that the children whose parents were detained, over 680, had to rely on strangers for food and shelter.
Eventually, city leaders in Forest, Mississippi, gave shelter in a community gymnasium. But it was upon the generosity of strangers to take them there.
This is the time that Christian charity comes into play. The Bible has a lot to say about how people are treated.
The church has an opportunity to show God’s love to these children in the midst of the crisis they’re experiencing. How we treat these traumatized children will be a testament of Jesus’ love for them or lack of it.
People in churches spend thousands to go on missions trips to countries where much of these families have fled from. Now the mission field is in our literal back yard.
What if churches in Mississippi, and where ever else raids take place, became the places of refuge for these children? What if churches everywhere became the voice for these defenseless ones?
Many are doing that, or want to I’m sure.
Jesus Loves The Little “Illegal” Children!
Just writing that hurts my heart. The fact that we label people as illegal.
The truth is that Jesus loves the children of undocumented residents!
I believe that one day we’ll be held accountable for how we treat them.
He’s the one who said, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”