I woke up this morning to the news that Congress had authorized 4.6 Billion in aid for detention centers housing migrant children. As the New York Times reports, “The bipartisan agreement, which the committee advanced 30 to 1, allocates about $2.9 billion for the care of migrant children and $1.3 billion to improve facilities at the border.” I gave a sigh of relief that our dysfunctional government still had a small shred of decency and compassion left. My heart breaks for children who are living in deplorable conditions.
I know some people will blame their parents for bringing them here illegally. However, it doesn’t matter how the children got here; all Christians must cry out for the well-being of the children. How we treat these children is how we treat Christ Himself. At least that is what Jesus said. (Matthew 25:40-45)
“Fundagelicals are ready to go to Holy war to protect the lives of the unborn but care little for those already born. As Christians, we have a duty to ensure the fair and equitable treatment of immigrants. “Thus says the LORD, Do justice and righteousness, and deliver the one who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor Also do not mistreat or do violence to the stranger, the orphan, or the widow; and do not shed innocent blood in this place.” (Jeremiah 22:3)
Twitter exploded yesterday over the remarks of Jerry Falwell Jr. Falwell, a Fundagelical superstar leader, decided to call out Dr. Russell Moore comment on the immigrant child crisis at the border. Moore Tweeted, “The reports of the conditions for migrant children at the border should shock all of our consciences. Those created in the image of God should be treated with dignity and compassion, especially those seeking refuge from violence back home. We can do better than this.”
Falwell responded, “Who are you @drmoore ? Have you ever made a payroll? Have you ever built an organization of any type from scratch? What gives you authority to speak on any issue? I’m being serious. You’re nothing but an employee- a bureaucrat.”
It’s strange that Falwell doesn’t know who his fellow Southern Baptist. In fact, Dr. Moore is the President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the public-policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Falwell questions Moore’s authority to speak on the issue of social justice. Falwell then quotes his own gospel of money by claiming that Moore has no authority to speak on social justice issues because he hasn’t built a business from scratch nor “made a payroll.” In Falwell’s gospel of money, only successful businessmen are allowed to have an opinion on social justice. I guess that leaves Jesus out, after all, Jesus never built a business from scratch, and Jesus certainly never “made a payroll.” So, by Falwell’s reasoning, Jesus has no authority to speak on social justice issues.
Just for the record, Falwell by his own authority test fails. Falwell worked in private practice as a lawyer with his client being Liberty University and its various organizations. He then inherited the Presidency of Liberty University from his father. In other words, daddy set him up in the family business of religion. No wonder Jerry Jr. quotes from the gospel of money.
Jerry Falwell and Dr. Moore have clashed before. Jerry has accused Moore of being part of the “Deep State” in the Southern Baptist Convention. Interesting how the guy who is an expert in ethics clashes with Falwell. Just saying.
Hey Jerry, here are a few words from Jesus, remember him, the Middle Eastern guy, God incarnate? “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24)
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