Lights of Liberty vigil a heartening example of faith

I would like to thank the organizers of the Lights for Liberty candlelight vigil held at the United Methodist Church in Edmonds on July 12. It’s extremely heartening to see local faith leaders speaking out against the unfathomable cruelty we are witnessing at our southern border, especially while our self-proclaimed Christian leaders in the White House condone it.

You cannot be Christian and condone the suffering of migrants and refugees. You cannot be Christian and endorse ripping children from their mothers’ arms. You cannot be Christian and go on to ridicule, demean, and harm innocent people who have done nothing wrong other than flee their homes in hopes of a better future.

As is said in the Bible: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me” (Matthew 25:35). And “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” (Hebrews 13:2).

I don’t know what faith Vice President Mike Pence or President Donald Trump claim to follow. But it’s not Christianity. Jesus would weep for these families in cages. He would weep, and then He would free them, offer clean food and water, and welcome them with open arms.

If only more people would strive to practice what they preach.

Shannon Ozog

Lake Stevens

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