House Speaker Nancy Pelosi used the Bible to condemn President Trump’s immigration policies.
“It should be a sign to us that today’s Catholic Gospel reading is the Good Samaritan, where Jesus teaches us to love our neighbors as ourselves and treat them with mercy,” said Pelosi, calling Trump’s ICE raids “the opposite of mercy.
Pelosi invokes her allegedly deep understanding of her allegedly Catholic faith to defend legal abortion, which she calls “sacred ground.” So, let’s not make the egregious mistake of listening to her interpretation of what the Parable of the Good Samaritan should or should not mean to us.
So what does the parable mean? Was Jesus teaching us about public policy? Not at all! His over-riding concern was the eternal destiny of individual souls. In fact, the only time I recall him making any statements about government were when he said, “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” – Mark 12:17
But back to the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Right from the start, it’s clear that Jesus is not talking about government policy. He’s talking about how an individual needs to behave in private life toward individuals he despises.
The passage begins with a scholar of the law asking Jesus, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
When Jesus directs him to the Great Commandment, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself”, the scholar asks, “And who is my neighbor?”
In order to understand the import of the story, we must remember that the priest and the Levite – who ignored the man – were examples of those Jews who prided themselves on worshiping properly in the Temple, while the Samaritan – who helped the man – was one of the despised religious heretics who did not worship in the Temple at all.
Thus, Jesus draws out his main point, which is that even enemies are “neighbors.” And the scholar gets it. So Jesus tells him, “Go and do likewise.”
Not “Go and criticize,” but “Go and do.” Democrat legislators, especially their leader, Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, should pay attention to this point.
It’s clear that, unlike Democrats under Obama (who deported people), Democrats under Trump despise our immigration laws. But rather than fix our immigration laws, which is the thing they were elected to “go and do”, they are spending all their time condemning the very people tasked with enforcing the very immigration laws they say they despise!
It’s totally unjust and unmerciful to slander Border Patrol and ICE agents while all the while refusing to:
- acknowledge their problems;
- adequately fund their efforts; and
- fix the laws they are legally bound to enforce.
In fact, the way Democrats turn up their noses at the suffering of our law enforcement agents reminds me a whole lot of how the priest and the Levite acted toward the man who had been beaten and robbed.
I won’t hold my breath waiting on Madame Speaker to meditate on that idea.