Church, Can we talk about the border children?
No really, can we please talk about them?
By in large, on a national scale, the church has been pretty quiet.
Is this a Christ like response to a humanitarian crisis involving children?
Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.
Matthew 19:13-15 13
10s of thousands, soon to be hundreds of thousands of children are being sent to our border.
They are marching with FAITH to a border of a country who holds wealth unimaginable to their weary souls.
They are marching to a border where 73% of her citizens profess Christianity.
In their innocent faith, they are expecting a Christ like response and welcoming.
They are receiving anything but.
While there is a lot of talk about what to do with these children, who are these children in regard to security risks, how do we prevent them from coming and how do we return them….
We are missing the MESSAGE.
God is sending these children.
And church, we are failing.
When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.” “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment. Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Matthew 17 14
Church, we have to make a choice.
Will we be like the disciples who rebuke the parents and who have little faith that these children add value to our earthly “Kingdom” and therefore disregard that his kingdom belongs to THEM?
Brought in droves out of impossible and unspeakable tragedy and circumstances, they are “the least of these”.
Or will we be Christ like and pour out our blessings upon them?
What does that even look like?
It looks uncomfortable. It looks counter cultural.
It’s looks self sacrificing.
Because here is the simple truth: As comfortable American Christians, we are more than happy to open our wallets.
But we are quite unwilling to open our doors.
This isn’t an issue we can pass off on the government.
This culture is seeping from our hearts and impacting societal norms, not the other way around.
The evidence surrounds us.
102,000 orphans reside in our country, legally free and waiting to be adopted.
Yes, we call them wards of the state.
They are orphans.
20,000 will age out of the system every year having never found one person to step up and say “you matter”.
In a land of over 229 million Christians, they will not find ONE.
Because we fear the baggage which was unjustly placed on the heads of children in the foster care system.
And We fear the demons which may accompany these child refugees.
“You unbelieving and perverse generation”
Church, this mirror is hard to look at.
I get it.
It’s ugly truth.
It’s a lack of faith my husband and I wrestle with.
This message is as much for us as it is for you.
I humbly ask for your prayers, for our family, that we may go where Christ leads.
And I beg you, don’t hide from this mirror.
Christ sees even what we refuse.
Kristin Byrd is a wife and mom who loves her family and loves Jesus. She lives in Bozeman, Montana with her wonderful husband and their two kiddos that keep them learning, laughing, and unbelievably sleep deprived. “Life is a beautiful mess and I wouldn’t change a thing.”