Anchor Babies?!



Why it is during times of change and uncertainty, our country is more susceptible to racial fear?   Sadly, we seek convenient scapegoats to deposit our fears that make us feel more secure.   


Anchor Babies refers to the present national debate of undocumented mothers here in this country who give birth to babies hopefully assuring them of American citizenship. 


In the Presidential primaries, some candidates placed the name Hispanic and Asian before the word Babies to arouse fears of foreigners in our midst. 


I believe our political leaders should solve the issues of legal citizenship, and refrain from using divisive words that arouse deep fears.  The American public is being exposed to shameful hate from a few insecure presidential candidates catering to our deepest prejudices.   And what takes the cake is that some of these men are Christians.  They should know better.


Next in line, someone is going to advocate that the forebears of the pilgrims are the only legitimate Americans around.  This toxic claptrap about the deserving and the undeserving must not be allowed to become a legitimate political issue.  


The congregation I live my life in has limited racial diversity.  Most people are the color of this paper.  However, it is filled with different life styles, personalities, family make ups, faith traditions and perspectives on faith.  We do not lack for opinions. 


The wider world you and I live in is like a tossed salad”– a bursting color wheel of people created to the glory of God.   Wherever we go we come into contact with different and sometimes difficult people – those we meet at church, in our families, at the store, at work, with friends and neighbors.  Like it or not, we are stuck together. 


Our task is to make our world more welcoming for all.  After all, we have to learn to live together.  God can’t do that for us. 


Scripture:  “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect.”  Romans 12:2


Dan Schmiechen










Weekly Scripture

September 6 Sunday John 10:31-42
September 7 Monday Mark 15:40-47
September 8 Tuesday Mark 16:1-20
September 9 Wednesday Matthew 2:1-12
September 10 Thursday Matthew 2:13-23
Setpember 11 Friday Matthew 3:1-12
September 12 Saturday Matthew 3:13-17

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