I Do Not Care ~ Amnesty Versus Atonement
Greetings Dear Reader,
The debate about illegal entry into our country is quieter than in the past months but it is still there. It is true that there are humans that have crossed our borders without permission in violation of our federal laws. There is no way around that truth.
There are those who would say that the border laws are unjust. There are those who fight for them. I am not going to weigh in on what should be done about the needs of people on both sides. I do not want to ignore that there are needs of humans that Christ followers may not relegate to the responsibly of governments or social organizations. The needs of others are our obligation if we feign to profess faith in Christ.
That, however, is not my focus today. My concern is that we understand that on some level there must be aware that the law was broken. It is not sacrosanct like the laws of the Father, but it still a fact that justice has been violated and must be satisfied. This does not require that put people in jail. It does require that we address the law.
Please stay with me. I am not about to propose a solution. I am about to explain options that we do not consider. Most of the individuals who find themselves in this country illegally were trying to make life better for themselves and their families. Even that is not what matters.
One of the other options I see as viable is amnesty. It requires that we leave justice unsatisfied and forgive the transgression of the law as it stands. That is not wrong in this case if it is done carefully and well. It is not the kind of transgression that removes our responsibility for compassion and mercy.
There are crimes for which amnesty is not an option. We do not set free or forgive the crimes of murderers. Those who sell drugs or do purposeful harm to others must atone for their crimes. They must find a way to pay the debt incurred from violation of the law.
I do not care where you come from, this country raised itself up with a standard of caring for those in need. It has always failed to live this out in some way both internally and externally. Our treatment of Native Tribes, Africans brought here by force, European and Asian immigrants, our own Japanese citizens, and currently, anyone from South America reveal that we apply the idea of sanctuary erratically. We do not administer justice beyond our laws very well at all. Our love and compassion are too often measured out by one’s social status or point of origin.
Then, we face the point where our personal need for amnesty arises. We do so much that is in violation of laws far beyond any government or imaginary border. We fail to live by the simple commands to love God and love each other as a daily routine. We are in desperate need of amnesty for this but the Father’s justice must be satisfied. Further, we cannot atone for what we have done to violate his justice. We do not have the capacity. We are incapable of paying for our crimes, ever.
This is the entire point of the atonement of Christ. He died once for the transgression of every law everywhere. He made it clear that in our transgression and in his atonement, we are all equal. He does not care where we come from or how we got there. He cares that we see his love for us and accept his payment on our behalf in faith.
Everything about time is geared toward getting us back in harmony with that which is ultimately good. This is beyond what we call good. It is the good that flowed through the world before we began to transgress the universal laws of love. It is the Father expressing his love for us no matter who we are or what we have done. That, Dear Reader, is what this is all about.
The focus is not condemnation because we have done wrong. It is the idea of getting us back to at-one-ment with the Father. It is in love, creating unity again that satisfies his justice when we cannot. The moment we think that we can accomplish this or limit who has access to it, we are more in need of the amnesty of the atonement than ever. Thoughts?
Wishing you joy in the journey,
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, “That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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