I shudder as I read this piece by Marilynne Robinson published in The Guardian. She aptly characterizes religion as profoundly caught up with partisanship politics—even to the point of taking a blind eye to the otherwise obvious cruelty of U.S. border policy that involves the ripping away of children from their parents' bodies if they cross the U.S.-Mexico border and attempt to seek asylum or try to enter the country without papers.
Christianity that has spread through the culture on the strength of the old American habit of church-going, and which propounds a stark vision, the embattled faction of “the saved” surrounded by continuous threats to their souls – otherwise known as the American population at large.
This is a very arrogant and destructive kind of Christianity that needs to open its eyes to its own interest in preserving existing hierarchies of privilege and power even if at the expense of their own humanity as so-called Christians.
While this may get rationalized by some on the right as "nation building" or "making America great," this is nothing short of a pact with the devil that magically and mysteriously never presents itself lucidly in this way.
Given that the devil is the master of deception, masquerading as an angel of light, what may seem righteous and good is actually woefully and horribly wrong. Take it from the Bible itself in 2 Corinthians, chapter 11, verses 13-15 as follows:
13For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their actions.
Nothing good, my friends, can possibly come out of a policy that brutally tears families apart—either for us as a country or those who are directly affected.
Speak up, everybody! Get woke! Do something! Call all of those that represent you and speak against this tragedy that is already of unspeakable proportions.
We are truly in the grips of a profound, moral crisis to which we are all obliged to respond if we ourselves, by our silence or inaction, are not to be complicit.
And for Christians, please don't let your brand of Christianity fall prey to the lies and distortions of the evil one. And let's all disavow policies that would make Jesus cry.