We don’t all share the same views when it comes to the slogan “America First.” Some who read this post hear something very positive in this slogan. Others of us, however, myself included, hear something that makes us uncomfortable. Uncomfortable, as it seems to encourage us to forget the enormous difficulties so many people are experiencing around the world—wars, violent political repression, extreme poverty, and hunger. Uncomfortable also because it tends to drown out the words of Jesus, who said that when we turn away from the hungry, the naked, and the stranger, we are really turning away from him.
To help us remember these people, I am posting each month a picture to remind us of their suffering. My hope is that, however we view “America First,” we will come to see these people not merely as “immigrants” or “refugees,” but rather as individuals in desperate need. I hope we will all keep them in our thoughts and prayers, and that we will encourage our national leaders to be open to helping them and welcoming them
Just as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers (and sisters), you did it to me.”
Jesus, Matthew 25:40