OUT OF CONTEXT
Reading a opinion editorial out of The Raw Story by Amada Marcott where Marcott holds a few people that she labels Christians in contempt for being outraged of our current administration’s detaining children in a motel during our border debacle. She seems to call out a few people stating as Christians they are outraged that our government is giving these kids a bed to sleep in and she goes on to offer scripture to take to task what she feels is hypocrisy of the idea.
The problem I have with Marcott is I feel she’s taking scripture out of context to rub hypocrisy in the faces of people that disagree with the Obama administration for using federal tax dollars to house illegal children and more on that issue later but first let’s look at the scriptures.
She uses Matthew chapter 18 verse 10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven”. Now on this verse alone it looks like God is telling you to do not hate children and yes it does but this is just one verse that is telling more of a story. The NIV translation considers this the parable of the wandering sheep and verse 10 is just the start so let us go on. Verse 12-1412 “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.
Marcott’s context is not too far off base but she fails to see what Jesus idea of the parable was for. Jesus main goal was to bring salvation to the world though his grace and children is where it starts. I have written about this before in What Glen Beck Reminds and Teaches Us.
The next verse is Mark chapter 10 verses 13-16 13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them. Marcott blast Gretchen Carlson for complaining that the illegals are being detained in a hotel. But this verse I believe is not based on the children alone. Again we are talking about salvation. Verse 15 is telling us we must receive God like a child does, with faith no strings attached accepting God as our one and only Savior, he used the children to make this point to us and to his disciples.
Finally Marcott uses Mark 9 chapter 36-37 36 He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” What we might add is verses 30-35 also 30 They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were, 31 because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.” 32 But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it. 33 They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” 34 But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest. 35 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” 36 He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” What we have here is Jesus predicting his death based on the NIV and what the verse is trying to tell us is that the disciples arguing amongst themselves on who was the greatest is a moot point for unless they welcome God into their heart like they would welcome a child it means nothing to be great.
Okay now what Marcott is complaining about is several folks like Todd Sterns, Gretchen Carlson, and Jim Hoft of being outraged in reporting that the feds actually let these kids stay in housing that had a nice atmosphere such as a nice motel. The full story by Fox News Fed-backed group drops plan to buy fancy hotel to house illegal’s also check out Agencies buying hotel rooms for surge of Mexican illegal immigrants, others released, there is a pattern here Marcott dislikes Fox News
I have a few issues here that prompted me to write my opinion on this. One I feel Marcott took Biblical liberties and took verses out of context, if she understood what those verses ideology meant she could have made a slightly better argument but it would not have been based in foul language and discontent for Sterns, Carlson and Hoft but based in Gods salvation though grace the way God see’s children. If you study the first four books of the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) you find out Jesus uses children a lot. He also makes it clear children are not to be used as pawns like what the Obama administration is doing. Children are to be treated with great love and understanding for if we injure the children we injure our world.
Second is the issue of not just conservative Christians but people in general are just fed up with the irresponsibleness of this administration when it comes to the border issue. The BCFS who wanted to buy and staff the million dollar hotel to house illegals uses federal tax dollars to do so. If you read the Fox News article it says the BCFS wanted to hire workers to run this hotel for the illegal’s with paying some staff up to $45.00 per hour, now I don’t even make $45.00 and hour and I save lives legal or illegal for a living but is that tax dollars or is that BCFS donations paying for this. Looking at the BCFS affiliates it mainly does the middle man work for the federal and state governments meaning they use our tax dollars to do charitable work for federal and state government.
Why is that bad you might ask, are not conservatives crying that the private sector can do a better job so why not get somebody like the BCFS to help the government out. Yes as a conservative I do think the private sector and non for profit organizations can do better and they can do better without our tax dollars but with our unselfish donations. Heck since the whole thing is getting out of hand why not ask organizations and churches to step in and help. Use private money to take care of these kids, why because the government does not want them. They want to pick their groups and use your tax dollars not churches and non-for profit groups.
Private groups and churches probably would have already fixed this problem and had these kids back with their parents or relatives by now. No the Obama administration wants these illegal’s here and it does not matter what the cost or what the conditions are of these children. This is what people are up in arms about; these are undocumented children that just walk up to the border and want in because our administration said it’s okay and mind you they aren’t just from Mexico they are from all over South America.
I’m sure there is a minute percentage of people out there that hate all these kids but again they are like 0.01% the rest of us want our government to give a care about this country and sets some guidelines and enforce the law when it comes to illegal immigration. Our government is using children to overt the law and fall behind lawlessness. Not wanting children to be detained in a motel is not the issue here it’s the complete disregard of the current immigration laws and the safety of these children that have been put at risk based on a policy that is not legal
Taking Jesus quotes and trying to make a point when you did not get the point of what Jesus was quoting about is just misusing Biblical text and it serves no one. Marcott could have thrown out the whole motel situation and based this on what these verses really mean, Jesus explaining Salvation based on how God grace is like love for a child.