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Friday, April 13th, '18

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OVER THE BORDER

"...has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwelling" (Acts 17:26 NKJV)

 

Paul made the above statement, reasoning with the Athenians on Mars Hill. He claimed a common bloodline through Adam, that God has "made of one blood" all men, but that He scattered those men into nations with "preappointed boundaries". Same blood, different borders. That isn't racism, it is realism. Orientals went one way, Africans another, the Anglo-Scandi-Euro crowd yet another. Shem, Ham and Japheth were pulled in opposite directions. But though demographics are regional, love cannot be. The two best places in the world to see pluralism or multi-culturalism is in America and Australia. We get along quite well compared to say Serbs and Croats or Kurds and Bathists. Sure, we have our own "boundaries" issue going on. We share one blood but two borders and those borders are tightening, probably for the better. But that's not the kingdom of God in operation any more than is segregating the Catholic kids from the Protestants on the playground. I don't mind denominational walls but when those walls are strung with razor wire and capped with broken glass so no one can get in or get out, someone has missed Paul's doctrine of preapponited times and boundaries. An isolationist policy has some merit, for we are in the world but not of it. Preparation for heaven requires separation from earth. But balanced Christianity teaches that we love our neighbor as our self and when asked just who our neighbor is, Jesus shared the parable of the Good Samaritan.

 

In the beginning Abel was Cain's neighbor. They were of "one blood". After earth's first homicide God asked Cain about his neighbor's welfare, to which the felon shirked, "Am I my brother's keeper?" If I said you are either your brother's keeper or his killer many would flinch. "I'm neither-nor", you defend, "When polled about NAFTA they wrote me down as undecided". You can't remain undecided because that is burying your head in the sand. This isn't about NAFTA because I haven't a clue what it entails. My point is that we have to have personal boundaries yet love unconditionally at the same time. America's pluralism has worked because it is One Nation Under God. Building an Iron Curtain to keep people in is Communism. Arming an electric fence with No Trespassing signs to keep people out, is Nationalism. Believing in love and liberty, entering through the front door, learning the English language then giving one's best shot at "the dream" is Americanism.

 

The young maiden's dad can get pretty irate if the boys she dates jump the fence and fail to respect the obvious. That's the crux of the border debate. Americans understand what "one blood" means so we're the first to send money, troops and medicine and bail out the famine-stricken and rebuild the war-town. We just want some reciprocal respect. The invitation has sounded, "Come ye weary, tired, polka dotted, huddled masses of..." however that line goes. But come courteously. Come to grow. Come to be American. You won't have to be a quote Christian (you can get to be one though if you choose) but you do have to love your neighbor as yourself, which, no way around it, is a principle from Christ. It's doubtful that we will ever be totally free of fences until "thy kingdom" is come and "thy will" is done "on earth as it is in heaven". Your door has a deadbolt. You have a fence around your backyard and live in a "gated community", more boundaries. But you send cookies next door for Christmas and hopefully smile and wave at the Joneses when backing out of the driveway. Communal-life is quite easy to figure out, isn't it? You never hear of Ft. Worth shelling Dallas with mortar fire like what goes on in the West Bank. God set the boundaries from of old. Whenever Father's one blood children grow up they can start crossing those borders.


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