A family in the church had a life changing experience recently.
Compared to others, this family is quite well off, enjoying material things which many other people only dream of, including a nice home in a safe neighborhood and newer vehicles. Their jobs have provided them this life of comfort. They had worked hard to obtain these luxuries and decided they would finally embark on their dream vacation after planning and saving for years.
Off they went, planning on returning to their comfortable life in a few months. Return they did, but not to what they expected.
Another couple in the church is not quite so well off. Struggling to make ends meat, they often lamented their plight, wishing they had been born into the seeming privilege which had provided so nicely for the other family. Their children didn’t enjoy the newest clothes and they didn’t drive the newest vehicles. Their home was in a perpetually impoverished neighborhood and crime was rampant. Understandably, they dreamt not of a months long vacation but simply of a better life, one in which they could provide more for their family. So, knowing what they were about to do was wrong, they decided to sample the better life they so desperately desired.
They reasoned that they would be causing no harm and let themselves into the first family’s home only days after they had left. The built in pool was a luxury they would never have experienced in their neighborhood and their children frolicked happily over the hot summer months. The electric bill soared higher and higher as the couple enjoyed the home’s central air conditioning, entertainment systems and vast television programming. The water bill soared as they enjoyed frequent showers and relaxing in the home’s hot tub. Of course, it was a pleasure to drive the cars that had been left behind, as the vehicles were newer and larger than anything they could ever afford.
One day, the homeowners appeared, returning weeks earlier than expected. They quickly realized their home had been lived in during their absence. The evidence existed in the pile of bills sitting unpaid on the table, debts they never expected and had not accrued. It existed on the worn carpeting and furniture. It existed on their cars, which had been involved in accidents and never repaired. It also existed on their televisions, which were now airing programs in a language they didn’t understand.
The homeowners were troubled, to say the least. Feeling violated and in danger, they immediately called the police. Just before the police arrived, the second family showed up, shocked that the homeowners had returned so early. Their children didn’t bother to greet the children of the homeowners, instead heading straight to the pool with their friends, obviously having grown accustomed to their new life. They gleefully spoke the same foreign language unknown by the homeowners. The uninvited guests began explaining their position; they had meant no harm and only wanted to experience a better life for their family, one which they never could have enjoyed in their old home. They hadn’t bothered to report the accidents involving the cars because their identification was something less than valid. The couple reasoned to the homeowners that the television programming was changed because they, as well as the company that came to visit them, preferred a different language. As for the pile of unpaid bills, the second family hadn’t given much though to it, figuring the homeowners were far more privileged than they and could afford it. After all, they knew each other and attended the same church.
The discussion turned from wonderment to frustration and then anger as the homeowners realized the second family was feeling indignant over their questioning. The uninvited visitors seemed to think they had a right to be there, suggesting the homeowners only enjoyed the finer things in life by virtue of luck, that is, having been born into relatively well off families.
The uninvited visitors then decided to call the church pastor. He arrived only moments after the police. The homeowners shared details of the home invasion with both law enforcement and the church leadership, feeling relieved that the obvious wrongs, indeed, crimes, would now be addressed.
Words cannot describe how shocked the homeowners were to witness the pastor comforting not them but the uninvited guests. Their disappointment turned to frustration when the police decided that no action would be taken, despite the fact that laws had obviously been broken. Their hearts ached as they watched the second family drive off, unpunished and free of rebuke. Their anguish only intensified later that week as they watched the second family participating in the church service, both husband and wife still holding leadership positions despite their actions.
Wouldn’t we all understand the righteous indignation of homeowners such as this? Wouldn’t we all stand opposed to the forgiving of such crimes by both the law and church? Apparently not, as we are all homeowners and we are being violated. Yet few of us seem to care that our nation (home) is now, and has been for decades, incurring an increasingly less silent invasion.
Apologists suggest the invaders mean no harm and are only trying to better their lives and those of their family members. They are often allowed to go free even after their presence and illegal status is known. They are also often allowed, even encouraged to hold positions of leadership in the church, your church and mine. They often prefer, even demand their mother tongue be spoken, and we too often acquiesce, printing sings and documents in other languages (mostly, but not limited to Spanish) and encouraging the invaders to continue remaining separate, which they do rather than fully assimilating. The damage they do to our homes doesn’t go unpaid but, rather, is paid by all of us in the form of more taxes.
Worse yet, many of the invaders have become brazen, publicly and boldly proclaiming their “right” to be in this country, some going so far as to carry signs stating their allegiance to another country and offering obscene gestures to law enforcement officials and/or those who oppose their presence. Representatives from the invader’s mother country freely travel our nation distributing foreign national ID cards which will help the invaders obtain valid ID, utilities and loans (including mortgages) in their new community, your community!
Still, sympathizers abound. Most sadly, sympathizers, indeed enablers, abound in our churches as they not only turn a blind eye to this dynamic but encourage it. This despite the fact that laws are broken not only in entering this country illegally but often in remaining and prospering in this country, as there is a huge black market for false identification, including social security cards. Yes, these invaders are allowed to serve in your church even though they encourage others to invade this country, even though their very presence constitutes living a lie and a form of thievery, as they are not entitled to the benefits they enjoy while living here. And worst of all, those who stand firmly on the side of the law abiding homeowner and dare speak out against this invasion are branded as being less spiritually healthy, opposed to unity, and possibly even racist.
It is you, the homeowner, who allows this to continue. It is also you who can end it. The question is, will you? Defend your home. Speak up and take a stand. Demand change, a return to what is right and just. Demand it at the polls, demand it at the church. If you don’t, you soon won’t be able to recognize your home. Remember, it is neither a Christian nor American value to ignore or encourage sin and/or lawlessness.