The age of persecution is now upon America’s very own soul and also our nations Christian majority who, through the centuries and for the most part, have adhered to nonviolent behavior, belief in God, salvation though Jesus Christ and “do unto others and you would have them do unto you.” Though no one is perfect, a true Christian attempts to follow the teachings of Jesus and uses the Holy Bible as their road map. Yet, how does this fit into this weeks discourse on a nation that has been mostly a peaceful “melting pot” of various
nationalities for nearly 400 years! 2020 will mark the 400th anniversary since the Mayflower docked at Plymouth Rock.
So where do we go from here?
Let’s take a look at our countries present immigration policy which is outrageous, regrettable and also intentional. It is now common knowledge that there are “very few” Middle Eastern
war torn persecuted Christians who are actually making their way into the U.S., in order that they may find a new lease on life. Just recently, 28 Iraqi Christians crossed over the Mexican/American border seeking asylum, but upon their arrival, these Chaldean Christians are now being held captive in a high security compound near San Diego at Otay Mesa and have been there for 4 months.
Welcome to Hotel California, it’s a lovely place.
These refuges came because they were fleeing Iraq which is being run over by ISIS, yet will these Christians be able to remain or eventually be deported? The story of the 28 Chaldeans is similar to the tens of thousands of other Christians who are fleeing Syria and Iraq in large
numbers, fearing deadly persecution by the Islamic State, in what some religious leaders are calling a genocide.
ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) an agency of Homeland Security makes the determination of whether persons such as these will either stay or be deported.
“These are people that have escaped ISIS, escaped slavery and refused to convert, only now to be imprisoned by ICE with no explanation,” said local Iraqi Chaldean Christian leader Mark Arabo who appeared on Hannity on 8/3/15. And so thus far, the reception has been cold as ICE.
While countless other nationalities continue to cross the Mexican/American border and are given a free pass, drivers licenses, Social Security numbers and plentiful social services, these alien Chaldeans which are of one of the most ancient Christian sects in the world are locked up and looked at as suspicious and potential terrorists? All the while their Muslim counterparts who come from the same areas or countries, are readily welcomed into America by the thousands. The favoritism is obvious while it is evident that persecution is rising towards all Christians in America, but where is Congress and America’s leadership on this one or even the mainstream church for that matter? Congress has the power to go forward and change the course of the present immigration boondoggle and it is my hope that this will be done as soon as possible when one considers the amount of loss and trauma which has accompanied such groups as these Middle Eastern Christians who had looked to America as a safe haven for themselves and their families.
House of Lords: America in the Balance
Charles W. Frank
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