Sunday, 13 September 2015

Immigrants are people!

I make no apologies fro re posting this from a few weeks ago in the light of the comments from the Hungarian Archbishop. As Christians we have to follow Christ's teachings. As a leader of a church he should know better.
It is costing the UK government and industry a fortune in trying to stop immigrants camped in Calais from attempting to enter the UK illegally. The citizens of Kent are having their lives disrupted and made almost impossible by the process of stacking lorries on the M20. It reminds me of the story of King Canute. He stood on the  beach and demanded that the tide stop coming in. Needless to say. his feet got wet. I can understand David Cameron's stance on the immigrant problem but he is like Canute in one way. Despite all his efforts and words the problem will not go away. Until the countries from which these people come are made peaceful and prosperous, they will keep coming.
Is it time to try something different? Why not use all the money being wasted on trying to stem the tide to accommodate these people. Instead of finding Defence Department land to park lorries and add the the expense, why not use the land to process the immigrants? Instead of this negative attitude, why not find out how they can enhance the economy and prosperity of this country? All they want to do is work here. They do nit want handouts but a peaceful and productive life for themselves. Why not find out what skills they have and how these can be utilised for the benefit of the country.
I know this is not in the nature of this government. They are making it harder for young people to come here to study. Then when they graduate, they want them to leave rather than spend some time on research or putting their skills to use. If we as a country welcome these people, they will eventually return home with affection of the UK and an attraction for British goods and culture.

As the Bible tells us through the word of Jesus:

For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat:
I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink:
I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
Naked, and ye clothed me:
I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

As a nation and a people we have to start acknowledging that these are fellow humans. 
May you all walk with your particular God.