So, back to the question, “What Would Jesus Do (WWJD)?” In connecting that question to the issue of climate change from the last post—https://peacewithinreach.com/wwjd-with-the-issue-of-climate-change/, a reader asked, “Is the point of the post to urge people to ask WWJD, or to promote a certain view of climate change, or to convince people of climate change?” Good question. My answer, whether it be for climate change or DACA/immigration is as follows: “My point of the overall blog, and of that post, is to discuss topics that we get divided over. I want us to experience that we can respectfully discuss and learn each other’s points of view. In addition, as a pastor, my point often is to seek to shine forth the Gospel of God, and to facilitate debating the Gospel within that process as we discuss relevant, real-life issues.”
Let’s consider, “WWJD in the way of immigration and Dreamers/DACA? (If helpful, here is a Wikipedia description of DACA—https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deferred_Action_for_Childhood_Arrivals.)
Jesus clearly expects people to be compassionate and caring:
”Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me’” (Matthew 25:34-40).
That stated, if people around us are dreamers, it seems Jesus calls us to show sincere care—compassionately listen to their concerns and pray for them. If need be, some have also offered “sanctuary” or other means of physical care for them. I think it would be good to provide a feasible path to citizenship. What is “feasible” is up for debate.
At the same time, a country cannot function properly if it has laws in place that are not enforced. Any parent knows that when you state a consequence to a child if they break a certain house-rule, if you don’t enforce the consequence after they break that house-rule, respect and potential for learning quickly erode, and the relationship is damaged. So, WWJD do about laws? He respected the laws of government:
“Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s” (Matthew 22:19-21).
This tells me that Jesus would understand the need for some immigration laws, and for order. But how tight to “tow the line?” We better pray on that. At the same time, that Jesus was gracious is shown throughout the New Testament, and most of all through his life and death. This Easter season, I encourage us to reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, of himself, which he did so that other humans would not have to die for their sins.
I’ve done enough writing, and scratching my head over this…. YOUR THOUGHTS on What you think Jesus Would Do (WWJD) in the way of immigration and dealing with Dreamers/DACA?