“We have to listen to this imbecile’s sermon just to get something to eat,”
- Felip Gomez, homeless migrant worker in Tijuana
I heard this quote today on my drive to work. A homeless man, and many of his compatriots, must listen to a bible-thumping evangelical preacher before they are allowed to eat donated food. My first thought was, would Jesus do this? Would Jesus hold a hungry man hostage to a sermon? I don't think so. I don't think that is his message. Charity with a price is not charity.
I remember being so poor that I did not eat. I was so poor that every penny went to buying food for my newborns son, with none left over for me or my wife. I was so hungry that I would eat scraps. It has tempered my thinking on hunger and homelessness, plus it reinforced the moral principle that we should care for those less fortunate than us. I always feed people.
It never occurred to me those who are deported to Mexico after an illicit border crossing suffer hardship. The truth is, I had never given the issue serious thought. It raises a question of ethics. Is this right? What about you Christians out there? Why do conservative Christians push so hard to deport hard-working Latinos? Do you consider their plight on the other side of the border?
The article that got me thinking is linked in below.
After Deportation to Tijuana, Many Lives Quickly Slide Into Despair
by Adrian Florido