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A Christian Response to Immigration

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One of the most contested political issues today is immigration. It’s estimated there are now at least 11 million illegal aliens in the United States. Many Americans want to see them deported especially those who receive benefits like subsidized housing over legal residents. What makes the situation more complex is anchor babies born to aliens are recognized as American citizens. Certainly it wouldn’t be humane to break up these families.
Recently two minister friends who are immigrants themselves posted comments on Facebook suggesting we shouldn’t have any border controls. One of them claimed, “...restricting immigration is part of Marxist Socialism and is totally contrary to Biblical Christianity.” Yet when the Scriptures were written, cities had massive walls to keep certain people out. Even the New Jerusalem in Revelation 21 will have a wall around it.
While Native Americans have contributed to our society, the United States was predominately founded and built by immigrants and thei…

Set Your House in Order

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Occasionally when I’m about to get a ride somewhere, my driver will apologize for having extra junk in the car. Usually I reply in jest, “I’m not from Good Carkeeping and so your secret is safe with me.” I’ll make similar comments if I walk into a house and my host is apologetic for it not being spotless. Certainly I’m not a neat freak but do recognize the importance of being organized. Sometimes I’ve allowed my bedroom to become messy but always feel good inside after things are put in their proper place.
Contrary to popular belief, the phrase “cleanliness is next to godliness” is not in the Bible. Nevertheless, there is some truth to that statement.1 Corinthians 14:40 says, “Let all things be done decently and in order.” This verse can apply to other areas of life besides church meetings. I heard one pastor point out the condition of our home is often a reflection of our spiritual life.
It reminds me of the time I was invited to stay in a country house that was very filthy. Despite th…

Dumping (and Misquoting) Starbucks

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I’ve always thought Starbucks Coffee was overrated. Usually I go to Caribou Coffee (or Tim Hortons especially when I’m in Canada). One reason I prefer Caribou is they provide free refills of their “coffee of the day” while you remain in the store. Nevertheless, I occasionally enjoyed Starbucks’ cold drinks such as their frappuccinos. That changed in March 2013 after reading about Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz affirming his support for same-sex marriage. I decided then to avoid Starbucks products altogether.
Not long afterwards, I went evangelizing one night in downtown Minneapolis with three other soul-winners from a local church. The leader of our group directed us into Starbucks and offered to buy us each a drink. I didn’t have peace in my heart and declined his offer. When I later told him the reason, my fellow evangelist totally understood for he wouldn’t do business with Home Depot because of their supporting homosexual groups and pride celebrations (which they have since discontin…

Facebook Frustrations

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Facebook is a marvelous tool to connect with people and minister to them. It’s also a source of occasional conflict. You run the risk of offending others no matter how you speak the truth in love. One time a woman “unfriended” me after I advised her not to sow discord amongst my other friends (Proverbs 6:19) regarding another minister we had differing opinions on.
I’ve also had ministers promote their ministries and make fundraising appeals on my Facebook pages despite my asking them to stop. That prompted me to change my account settings so people can only write comments in response to my articles and praise reports. Still people occasionally post stuff irrelevant to my writings. Usually I just remove these posts but have unfriended individuals who won’t respect my boundaries.
Another thing I don’t like is Facebook Groups. Since 2010, friends have been able to add me to these groups without my permission. This is comparable to receiving magazines in the mail I never subscribed to. It a…