There are many facets and moving parts to the drama(s) produced by Republican Governors Abbott and DeSantis which are above my paygrade and outside my purview – especially with this blog. To be frank, I have a little sympathy with these governors on this one. I am not straight up shocked and appalled. Though, I am a little appalled.
But that’s not my point in writing about it. I could point out that they are right on this one, and their gesture is almost prophetic in nature as they share the load they didn’t ask for either, one the federal government should be working out, one that currently overwhelms streets in El Paso, according to local reports. But then I would temper all that with observations such as how this isn’t really DeSantis’s problem or how that after making his point, Abbott could continue this newfound program only play nice with NYC, DC, and other cities and coordinate like a shepherd of the sheep who actually cares about the lambs.
But in various ways, these points and others like them are already being made. And people seem to be listening only to the points that suit their political slants, by -n- large. So, there isn’t much useful dialog going on even between those qualified and making these observations before me.
No. I have a different point to make altogether.
I recognize that plenty of liberals and Democrats are not Christian people, and plenty have no interest in Jesus or his teachings and example. But some are; some do. More than a few, in fact. And of THOSE, if I can get your attention, I say: HELLO, BROTHERS and SISTERS from Texas! But also, I say: You have been given a tremendous gift!
The sojourner in your midst needs your hospitality tonight. I encourage you to open your houses of worship, your homes, your community centers and welcome these strangers like the sanctuary cities you claim to be. Open your arms and put on the fatted calf. Share your table with needy people and elevate their status with yours.
You will be blessed more often and in more mysterious ways than you probably imagine possible. If more of us imagined it, our world would be a better place, so I know you need some encouragement to do it. But Jesus tells us that he is the least of these brothers, and he reveals himself in the breaking of bread. You have a very important guest in your midst now.
Oh… and when you figure this out, send Governors Abbott and DeSantis THANK YOU NOTES! They should be jealous of you for the gift they just gave away.