Texas Refugees Fleeing Death

But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.” Luke 18:16 (ESV)

What would you do to save your child’s life? The growing mass of lone children and even young families in the Texas Rio Grande Valley indicates how desperate the situation is in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. US media seems to consider these refugees a political issue or an inconvenient distraction. These are real and hurting people.

What is missing is “why” they are here. They are escaping death, or slavery to lawless gangs that have captured their homes. The most fundamental function of government is to protect its citizens. Civil order in these places has broken down. This fact makes these people refugees of war not simply illegal aliens.

from The Blaze (Credit: Getty Images)

People on top of Mexican train headed north.

Associated Press reporter Marcos Aleman from El Salvador got a firsthand report from a man and his family that were on top of a freight train. The man decided to leave his workshop in the capital of El Salvador because of constant extortion from gangs.

“If you buy a car, they come to extort you. A machine for the workshop, they come to extort you. If they see you put on some nice pants or sneakers, they come to extort you,” the man said.

Another traveler atop the train said “On the way north you have the hope of living and the risk of death. Back home death is certain.” What would you do in that situation?

Gangs are forcing children to join them or they kill the kids. They are extorting money from everyone or they kill them or their families. They take what they want and kill who they want – this is evil. “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world…” Ephesians 6:12 (NLT).

As a Christian I hold that the only long term solution is to bring the changing power that is found in a life committed to faith in Jesus. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” said Jesus (Matthew 22: 37-38)

I am not talking about rituals found in religion, I’m talking about changed hearts found only through an intimate and personal relationship with the savior. There are countless examples where this kind of revival has regenerated individuals, regions and entire countries. We need this here and it is sorely needed in Central America.

Do you want to help change the refugee situation at its source? Check out what some folks are doing in the name of Jesus in Central America. Commission to Every Nation is not affiliated with any specific denomination but they are Christian. (By the way I do not work for them, but I do know them as a responsible missionary sending organization.)

Coming soon: I have more to say on all this.

The US government is converting a massive warehouse into a center for the masses coming across the border. Also, a group of medical doctors along the Texas border are crying for more human handling of the kids. Some kids are stuck in a tiny cell with no beds and only one toilet for 60 kids. It is becoming a humanitarian crisis… where are the Christians?

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