With less than two weeks to go before the mid-term elections here in the USA, a good deal of political spin is being generated around a relatively few issues, which, naturally, have little if anything to do with what ought to matter. One of those issues is a caravan of Central American migrants heading northward into Mexico from Guatamala, Honduras, and El Salvadore.
One side of the political spectrum wants us all to believe these folks aren’t actually trying to escape overwhelming poverty, violence, and political/military suppresion in their homelands. No, somehow they’re all, or mostly, a dangerous gang of violent lawbreakers (with a sprinkling of Middle Eastern terrorists, no less) intent on illegally entering the USA to wreak havoc and bring down established institutions, laws, norms, and middle-class values. There’s an added undercurrent that somehow all these folks are financed and supported by an international cabal of liberals (probably at the behest of the Clintons and Nancy Pelosi).
Or maybe, the former is true: These are desparate people facing incredibly hard times trying to survive any way they can.
Jesus often had people come to him, asking for healing or favors. Such is the case with this week’s lection from Mark. We would do well to study how he handled those situations. Here’s a link to a previous ForeWords column:
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