Breaking up families betrays tenets of Christianity

I am having a hard time proclaiming myself Christian in the wake of so many fake and false Christian ideas being floated around by a select, but very powerful, few, who profess Christianity while breaking up families at the border. Families who, like Jesus, Mary and Joseph, fled certain death from a soulless ruler afraid of losing his power.

Jesus said: “What you have done to the least of these you have done to me.” ICE agents, federal agents, members of Congress, who agree with and follow this Trump administration policy, you are turning away Christ and his family. Do you realize that many, if not most of the people you are treating inhumanely are Christians, like you proclaim to be? I may not be college-educated, but even my small mind detects something wrong here.

How many times in this great country of America do we have to repeat horrible choices against humanity, like taking this land from the Native Americans, slavery, Japanese internment and probably others I am unaware of. At least with the Japanese internment, families were kept together in family housing.

If this country continues in the horrible direction we seem to be going, you may find yourself fleeing, with your family, from persecution. How do you want to be treated? Imagine you are 2 years old and you are ripped apart from your mother and given to strangers, never knowing if you will see your mother again. Can you imagine, or are your hearts so hardened that you can only quote the law scriptures in the Bible and ignore the love of Jesus?

Jesus said in Matthew 22:37-40: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

I’m confused. If this is Christianity, then I was taught all wrong and I had better think about proclaiming myself to be a part of that movement.

In Jesus’ name, can’t we all do better?

Shirley McLin

Retired pastor

Baker City