Saturday, November 24, 2007

What if Jesus is an illegal immigrant?

By Libby

This is a sort of a serious question. I think most of the fundies who believe in the second coming of Christ are pretty much in the 'blame the illegals for everything' camp. I suppose they assume the son of God will arrive with angels and trumpets but what if he shows up unannounced? Thinking back on my Bible reading days, it seems plausible that he would come back as a hated minority and chances are the God-fearing 'Christians' would treat him badly, just as in this story about Jesus Manuel Cordova.

PHOENIX - A 9-year-old boy looking for help after his mother crashed their van in the southern Arizona desert was rescued by a man entering the U.S. illegally, who stayed with him until help arrived the next day, an official said.

This happened in the wilderness where the boy and his mom were camping.
The van vaulted into a canyon and landed 300 feet from the road, he said. The woman, from Rimrock, north of Phoenix, survived the impact but was pinned inside, Estrada said.

Her son, unhurt but disoriented, crawled out to get help and was found about two hours later by Jesus Manuel Cordova, 26, of Magdalena de Kino in the northern Mexican state of Sonora. Unable to pull the mother out, he comforted the boy while they waited for help.

The woman died a short time later.

"He stayed with him, told him that everything was going to be all right," Estrada said.

As temperatures dropped, he gave him a jacket, built a bonfire and stayed with him until about 8 a.m. Friday, when hunters passed by and called authorities, Estrada said. The boy was flown to University Medical Center in Tucson as a precaution but appeared unhurt.

Think about that. Jesus was entering the US illegally and had to know he would be arrested. He could have just kept walking. Or he could have built a fire and walked away. He could have fled at any time to avoid facing the authorities but he stayed to comfort and protect a child until help came. Which is more than we can say for the hunters who were presumably legal residents.

For his humanitarian efforts, he's now in jail awaiting deportation. What a sad commentary on the politics of hate that has so poisoned America, that we would penalize another human being for such a selfless act of kindness. Surely in this case, an exception to the rules could and should be made.

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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

He passes by me and I see him not; he moves on but I do not perceive him

Job 9:11

10:40:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

How appropriate Fogg.

10:17:00 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

What an incredible story. You're absolutely right that Jesus could arrive in just such a manner, and I have no doubt that hate would prevent many people from recognizing him. How sad.

12:53:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Hey Kathy. It is very sad to see "Christians" engage in hate. But I see you have a new group blog and the little Tykette is just adorable. Congrats to you all.

1:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, Jesus was not arrested as previously reported, he was spared that and taken back across the border that day without issues.

11:19:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I'm glad to hear that anon, but I still think he should have been allowed to stay here after such a selfless act of kindness.

12:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny I'm an illegal immigrant and I don't Jesus coming anytime soon.

3:16:00 PM  

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