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Great Pioneers

By Ldsapologetics
Pioneers are remembered for their work ethic, their hope and faith, and they are known for their dedication to the ideal that their destination would offer them a better life, better opportunities for themselves and their families.Many children made the journey alone or with other children, unaccompanied by adults. We all have respect for these Pioneers and the struggles they faced and prevailed against.So one would think that when other people travel hundreds of miles, families and unaccompanied children make similar sacrifices that they would recieve the same regards from a people who owe their heritage to a similar perseverance, dedication, hope and faith not only in God but that the land of prosperity they sought would offer them a better way of life, that they would finally know true freedom.But that is not the case because this second wave of Pioneers happen to be refugees from Central American countries and they are at the journey end of hundreds of miles they find outright hate and contempt.There's no more "Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she

With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

No, instead a recent poll finds 53% of Americans believe US has no moral obligation to offer asylum to people who escape violence or political persecution.The nation built by illegal immigrants is now turning away not just immigrants but Pioneer tested refugees. They met with challenges similar to our Pioneer ancestors and are treated like garbage by people who consider a fertilized egg as a person but not a refugee or immigrant.But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 19:14Unless those children are refugees or immigrants that is.When faced with political challenges it may be considered toxic to mix religion and politics. But if our religion is based on being as Christ-like as possible isn't it appropriate to choose to be as welcoming, as inclusive and as compassionate as Christ was Himself?Here's a passage of scripture as an example of Christ-like behaviors:

31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:

43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. Matthew 25:31-46

Now how does this standard of conduct measure up to how we as a people seem to currently display? There's room for improvement and that will never happen without action. Even if you can't seem to find another person who fits the bill as Christ-like you can always be that person if you so choose. And even one person can change the world.

Great Pioneers

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