I read this story about an illegal immigrant from Mexico. She was apparently arrested for selling illegal DVD’s. The story is she was left in a cell for the weekend and forgotten about. No food. No water. No nothing.
This thing of illegal immigration is not going away. Here in Texas, I can remember this being a sort of unspoken issue since my birth in Dallas. But now, it is gaining more and more awareness.
And this story pinpoints a critical concern for the church. On the one hand, yes, they are here illegally. They don’t pay property or employment taxes but they do enjoy the benefits our taxes provide. Their kids are often born here and enjoy a fairly decent public education. In a sense, they are riding the bus for free. On the other hand, they are still people. They are still born because God decided they should be born. They have value. They have worth. And they have God given redemptive qualities.
As the church, we are pulled in a couple of directions. The first direction is that we are to obey the law of the land and submit to authority as long as it does not violate the Bible. The second direction is that responsibility of loving our neighbors. I really believe we have to weigh these out day by day to keep from having more of these stories pop up.