Give me your tired, your poor ... send these!

By Philocrites
As the power hungry grab for votes in this election year 2012, I feel so often that we in the United States have drifted from our calling as a nation.  I find myself increasingly uncertain if either party would embrace the words of Lady Liberty:

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breath free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

It seems to me that no candidate is able to see the immigrant as anything more than a potential voting bloc.  As a nation, we've lost the ability to see those coming to our shores as the strength of a nation and the hope for tomorrow.

And I wonder if the Church in the United States isn't just as guilty.  During the past week, I have seen gifts of the Holy Spirit manifest in Bhutanese-Nepalis as we made visits house to house.  I have seen the power of God bringing deliverance to bound people during the all-night Ghanaian prayer service.  I have heard the testimony of an Indian leader who is in the midst of 40 days of fasting and prayer.  I have experienced the presence of the Lord again and again in fellowship with a precious Ugandan sister here for a visit.  And, as I reflect, I am fully convinced that God's movement of peoples from everywhere to the USA represents the single greatest hope for revival and renewal and mission that my nation now sees.  

May the Lord unveil our eyes to see a fuller picture of what He is doing!

I have linked below to a NY Times article which tells the story of a refugee summer academy that is focused preparing youth for school in the United States.  This academy seems to "get" the fact that such students are more than mere object of charity.  They are hope and they are the future.

Young Immigrants Helped by Refugee Youth Summer Academy - "This year, more than 100 students enrolled in the six-week program, which offered an academic curriculum supplemented by creative-arts classes, field trips and other activities. They hailed from at least 13 countries, including Nepal, Burkina Faso, Iran, Iraq and Cameroon. Some had been in the country for a couple of years; others, like the Diallos, had just arrived. They spoke at least 17 native languages. Some could speak and read English fluently; others could not write their own name in any language. Some had attended school in their home countries; others had never been in a classroom."

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous7:24 PM

    I, along with you, long for the nation & the church to move and to move now in regards to the refugees. However, perhaps a more important question is what about me? What is God's plan in regards to the person or people who will say yes, Lord, here I am use me? I don't have to be bound by what the masses do or don't do. What I need is the correct response to God and it is an open ended "what do You want for me to do and I will do it". Am I seeking His face and if I am, perhaps God brought a certain group of people to me and it is time for me to respond. Perhaps God is using the political game as an avenue to bring them to me. Yes, I am sure that the masses and the political leaders are going to be held accountable for what they do and do not do but this whole process is being used as an answer to prayer from me to the King. He is using this road to answer the prayer and brings them to me and the impact might not be seen during my lifetime but it will be seen eternally. The good news flowed from Jesus to the disciples then through 2,000 years of followers of Christ and then the good news came to me, God brought our friends to me and the good news now flows to those who seek his face and then the good news will flow from them to the next countless generations. It is exciting to wake up every morning and see what He is going to do next.
    - Rich