A Storm is Raging
A great windstorm arises and Jesus’ disciples are scared to death on their little boat in the middle of the Sea of Galilee. What will happen?
We know the end of the story: Jesus stills the storm and all are saved. But before that could happen, Jesus had to wake up. I picture the disciples shaking Jesus’ shoulders, shouting at him over the din of the wind and waves: “Wake up!”
Last Sunday, I had a wonderful day with my family, relaxing on Fathers’ Day. I hope you did, too. As a dad on Fathers’ Day, I think of the storms that have threatened my children over the years: illness, disappointment, rejection. I feel supremely fortunate that Leslie and I have been able to manage these storms for the most part, and see our two kids safely and happily to adulthood. We’ve had the resources to keep them safe and healthy, and give them an education. What a gift!
But I also realize that many dads have no way of taking care of their children, and our own government is causing excruciating, heartbreaking damage to hundreds of families by separating children from their parents on our borders. This report is from the grassroots organization People’s Action:
Imagine how horrific it would be to have your children torn from your arms and driven off in a car by agents. Then you’re taken to jail for asking for asylum at the border. Multiply this heartbreak times 1,800. This is how many families have been separated since February. Here are a couple of their stories.
Marco Antonio Muñoz, a father from Honduras, was separated from his son and wife by the policies of the Trump administration. Muñoz was so distraught he took his own life in detention.
Manuel Cano-Pacheco, a 19-year-old DACA recipient, was sent back to Mexico only to be murdered weeks later. Manuel leaves behind a one-year old son who’ll never know him.
This week Attorney General Sessions announced that people who seek asylum and claim that their husbands beat them, or that they are fleeing gang violence, will turned away and sent back to face domestic abuse and death.
Our Roman Catholic brothers and sisters have called these policies “immoral,” which they are (from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops). Our own Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has decried inhumane, immoral acts by any political or social group, through the joint statement “Reclaiming Jesus.” As a father, a human being, and a follower of Jesus, I would object to such policies by any nation, and by any political party. We cannot suspend our moral values when it comes to politics. Somehow, we must fight these policies which destroy the dignity of human beings. It’s part of our baptismal covenant.
We need to “wake up” before we can help still the storm of family separation which would break any parent’s heart, and destroy the lives of little children. JBM