Watch The Terminal again. It is a 2004 A.D. movie directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones with a fine supporting cast*. The film does an excellent job of showing the perspectives of a visitor to the U.S.A. from another country who is in dire straits. Ya gotta love “Viktor Navorski” and his posse…
There is an ancient and marvelous edifice in Asia, visible only in a most spectacular theater. Admission is obtained by going into orbit around the Earth. Greater general knowledge of the history of the Great Wall of China and how effective it was to achieve the intended purposes of its various builders over the centuries might bring some illumination to us all.
Apparently many non-criminal citizens of Central American countries are fleeing home because those countries (or significant territories within them) have been essentially conquered by hostile drug cartels and gangs.
Why shouldn’t military action against those rogue regimes by those countries’ legitimate governments be encouraged through other nations’ diplomatic relations with them? And though America should increasingly stand down from being the world’s police force, if they ask us for help, why not? Would that not be in our national interest?
The God from Whom comes the right to life and property, the God Who gave us marriage, the parent child relationship, and Who ordained other common and perpetual institutions for His human creatures also established nations. For He “…made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings…” (Acts 17:26).
Thanks for reading the preceding suggestions and observations directed to all. The following is directed to those who bear the name Christian.
Let those who name the name of Christ diligently put into practice the prophetic command: “Learn to do good; seek justice, reprove the ruthless, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.” (Isaiah 1:17)
At the same time let us heed His warning and admonition, “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” (Matthew 10:16).
Yes, any godless philosophy and worldview is anathema to our Republic, founded for a society already permeated (imperfectly) with Biblical ethics and values. And yes there are scams. Not all that glitters is gold; some children come here to be sold! Thus the Good Shepherd’s sheep must ask Him for wisdom and great discernment, searching the Scriptures of truth for guidance in the midst of lupine dangers.
The U.S. Constitution gives limited powers to the three branches of the federal government. To the executive branch goes the responsibility to protect American citizens. Trying to use the military or executive branch departments per se as charitable organizations is a very, very bad idea.
Charity is the Church’s calling, and the motives of charity should not be stifled and encumbered by wasteful bureaucracy, but armed with the nimble precision of individuality and creativity.
To what extent have the people of God failed in that calling and depended on the government do things we are supposed to do? What opportunities for the Gospel are passing us by? Are we seeking first the Kingdom of God in how we think, speak, and act about this current distress?
Let a man examine himself…
* Zoe Saldana portrays a Trekker/Trekkie (Star Trek fan) in The Terminal. She went on to play Lieutenant Nyota Uhura in the movie reboot of the original TV series.