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Our Border Crisis is About Power, Not Compassion

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NOW, we have real border crisis on our hands.

Tens of thousands of illegal aliens, euphemistically known as “undocumented workers” have overrun our southern border—again. Undocumented workers, dreamers, asylum seekers—whatever one party calls them, it’s all just wordplay. It’s not about compassion or freedom or the American Dream. Rhetoric aside, it’s about marketing and a massive electorate infusion—camouflaged in compassion.

The truth is that most of us are here because our ancestors dreamed of a better life in America. Many of us are immigrants. We’re all Americans. I’m the grandson of an immigrant. My grandfather came here legally and jumped through all the hoops to become a citizen. He was a dreamer.

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What is an illegal alien? He or she is a person in a temporary state that describes the legality of his or her status in a sovereign nation; it has nothing to with their humanity. It’s about someone doing something illegal—like illegally breaching a border—it’s not about their being less human. The dehumanizing argument the party in power uses is a political construct. It’s designed to vilify those who believe in rule of law, sovereignty and the constitutionality of borders.

Legal, precise and meaningful labels like illegal alien do not strip anyone of their humanity or God-created image. If you disagree and feel that they do, I’m not surprised. For years, we’ve been pelted with politically driven partisan constructs like this one through education, social and other media, Machiavellian politicians and a subjective spirit of the age.

Rule of Law

Is it right for a father to break the law by breaching an enforced border, so he can work to give his children a better life? Good fathers would do virtually anything to improve their kids’ life chances. Should they break the law to do so?

We applaud fatherly love and devotion, but flaunting of the rule of law does not provide a good example for one’s children. A father who respects the rule of law provides an essential character building example for his kids and this example would go much further in improving their life chances than just getting into a country by hook or crook.

As a compassionate and sovereign nation, we should offer this advice to parents seeking to improve their children’s futures: If they can’t find suitable work to provide for their families in their country, they can seek employment in ours, but they must do it lawfully.

Consider this hypothetical:

You live in a southern border town. People who chose to run the gauntlet show up on your porch. They’re tired, thirsty and frightened. What do you do? You give them water—just as I would and just as the neighboring pro-border wall ranchers would and just as border patrol agents would.

Doing the Right Thing

Are you breaking the law? It’s not illegal to give people water. However, if you were maintaining water stations and, by doing so, helping people break the law and attracting more people to break the law, would this be wrong? As a reminder, the people you’re helping hydrate are choosing to break the law. A lack of opportunity in their countries does not justify a decision to break laws. Aren’t we all accountable for our decisions?

Now consider this example:

You live in France in 1943. You’re working and living on a farm. In the dead of night, a family of Jews appears on your doorstep. They’re haggard, cold, tired, hungry, scared out of their minds, and half a day ahead of the Gestapo. Your puppet Vichy government has decreed it unlawful to help fleeing Jews. What do you do? You do just what I hope I would do—you give them food, water and shelter and a hiding place.

Or do you give in to fear and close the door? Why put your life in danger? You do so because your government’s law violates God’s laws. You help them out of love, compassion and obedience to Almighty God and in defiance of your weakling government that’s doing the will of its evil client regime.

Big Differences

Let’s review some key differences in these scenarios:

A) One describes a violation of God’s laws.
B) One includes people forced to flee and break the law. They have no choice. They’re not looking for work, they’re looking to stay alive.
C) The American government is not a puppet Vichy government enforcing evil immigration laws.

Speaking of governments, does enforcing federal law depend on compassion and empathy? Do you think Joe Biden or Nancy Pelosi know real hardship? Just because they seem to care about people doesn’t mean they can empathize with them. In the case of illegal immigration, is their flaunting of federal law powered by real compassion and or an opportunity to create hordes of new voters?

Meanwhile, they vilify opponents, slander them and insult our intelligence by telling us they’re the only ones who care because they’re willing to ignore federal law in order to help people break our laws.

God and Borders

To those who think sovereign nations have no business securing their borders and like to say that God is on their side; here are a few questions to ponder and a counter argument to consider:

What if God recognizes nations and their sovereignty and rule of law regarding immigration? After all, the concepts of national sovereignty and natural-born citizenship originated from God regarding his people. If this is true, there’s a sanctity to the rule of law. And if all legitimate laws come from God and are instituted by him, as Paul says in Romans 13, all are called to obey the laws of the land—unless they conflict with God’s laws.

Whether or not you accept these as truths, here’s my challenge: Convince me that our federal immigration laws conflict with God’s, and I’ll storm the Bastille with you. I’ll resist any law that prohibits people from entering our country. Let’s put rubber to road: Where does God stand on refugees and widows and orphans fleeing intolerable living conditions?

I think we can agree that he stands above and beyond petty politics and weaponized partisan constructs. That said, God wants us to extend help and compassion toward refugees, travelers and the poor and widows. God is right there with us in our compassion and love toward others. He also wants us to obey laws and those in authority over us—unless either or both breaks his laws.

It’s my view that the party in power is doing just that, but that our federal immigration laws are right and proper and consistent with good governance and policy. If those in the party in power disagree, they should change them through legislation, not ignore them. That’s what banana republics do.

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Patrick is a trained journalist and writer with degrees in English and journalism. He served six years in the Navy where his life was changed forever by the Lord Jesus Christ. He lives in the Sierra Nevada of Northern California with his wife, dog and two cats. He enjoys hiking and cycling, taking pictures and blogging at https://luscri.com/



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From Mental Illness and a Cult to Christian Ministry and Political Office

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A young man turned his life around after getting involved in a cult and suffering from schizophrenia, and now later in life is a leader in Christian ministry and running for Phoenix City Council. Nick Griemsmann has gone through a lot, but through the grace of God he was able to turn his life around and now helps others. He recently wrote an autobiography called Becoming God’s Friend

Griemsmann wasn’t raised as a Christian, and having trauma as a young boy no doubt set in motion some bad things. He developed addictions and dropped out of high school. He found a job working as a bartender at Barcelona’s, a nightclub in Scottsdale, Arizona, but realized after a while that the party lifestyle was unfulfilling.

But he then went to the other extreme, deciding to become a monk. His attempt failed, as he ended up walking around hot and thirsty in the New Mexico desert, never making it to the monastery. The onset of schizophrenia was starting. 

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However, he still yearned in his heart for God. When he was 22, he found a flyer on his car from Tony Alamo Christian Ministries. It said they provide a place for people to stay, which sold him. He called and spoke to a woman there on the phone, who prayed for him during their conversation. He could feel something changing inside of him that was supernatural. However, they wanted him to move to Arkansas, and his parents warned him that it was a cult. 

He moved anyway and it was the beginning of a deep, dark experience. He was taught that if he ever left that ministry, it would blasphemy the Holy Spirit, which can never be forgiven, and he would go to hell. They said his family and friends were “of the devil” and instructed him to cut them off. 

Alamo claimed he was one of the final two witnesses written about in the book of Revelation. His teachings were so disturbing, frequently focused on hell, that Griemsmann would see people shaking while listening to his messages. Cult members were required to attend church every night. Griemsmann started having spiritual hallucinations, likely brought on by a lack of sleep from the rigorous work schedule, which consisted substantially of long hours placing flyers on cars. 

He eventually tried to leave the cult, and voices in his head told him to loudly pray at the airport, which he did until the police took him to a mental hospital. Another time the voices told him to take his clothes off in public if he wasn’t ashamed of Jesus, which he did. During this time, a psychiatrist told him that he would be catatonic in 10 years and had no hope for recovery. 

Finally, God intervened in his life, and he was able to leave the cult for good and seek treatment. He became involved with several regular churches in Phoenix, and eventually felt a spiritual force leave him. With the help of his family and supporters, he weaned off all medication for schizophrenia in 2007 despite the fact that he was told that it was incurable. He found a job helping others with the exact type of mental health problems he’d gone through. As for Alamo, he was eventually prosecuted for the sexual exploitation of women and girls and died in federal prison.

Griemsmann started a ministry called The Father’s Friends. He wrote a book called Defeating Mental Illness about his journey, which did well and he was invited on large Christian TV shows to talk about it. 

He learned that “letting go of carrying the burdens of others is vital to one’s own emotional well being.” He also discovered that “Individuals do not end up with a big issue like schizophrenia randomly. It usually has been built inside the person over time through continued lies, trauma, substance abuse, etc.”

His interesting journey continued, taking a trip to Juarez, Mexico, with others and discovering through prayer that some people experienced the miracles of healing. He became an assistant pastor in Phoenix. He started livestreaming street evangelism in Harlem, New York and Europe.

Later on, he traveled to remote villages in Pakistan, where his team prayed to heal people miraculously. He did big events ministering in Kenya, where he continued to preach the Gospel and pray for sick people. Some reported healings of what he used to have, schizophrenia. 

Griemsmann talks about the negative aspects of life that he’s had to learn to deal with and overcome as “Misters.” For example, Mr. Condemnation keeps a person stuck in negative mindsets and emotions, inside a spiritual prison. He makes you feel like you are never good enough for God or anyone. Others include Mr. Discouragement, Mr. Self-Righteous, Mr. Fear, Mr. Anxiety, Mr. Lust, Mr. Addiction, Mr. Mental Illness, Mr. Rejection and Mr. Anger.

What worked for him was not focusing on the bad, like making a list of all your sins. Instead, he focuses on spiritual freedom, and teaches others to look for the good, since the fruits of the Spirit are positive attributes; love, joy, peace, kindness, etc.

Griemsmann’s journey has now taken him into politics, taking on incumbent Democrat Phoenix City Councilman Carlos Garcia in District 8. Although the district leans heavily Democrat, it’s a nonpartisan race and Garcia has a hostile relationship with Phoenix Police. When Garcia was pulled over by the police for driving a car with suspended license plates, he tried to intimidate the police by pulling rank. Political consultant Stan Barnes told KNXV that “the councilman is anti-police officer, and he’s playing it out in real time for all of us to see.”

Griemsmann wants to represent everyone, and says, “I am a supporter of the Phoenix police.” Due to his background with not only overcoming schizophrenia and his vast ministry experience, but also his past career as an administrator in behavioral healthcare, he can be a real champion for solving homelessness, community safety, healthcare, education, and helping the incarcerated transition back into society.   

 

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When America Loses THIS, It Loses Everything

We are in a battle for the soul of our country. And that battle is over truth.

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We are in a battle for the soul of our country. And that battle is over truth. Truth must be the foundation of everything that we believe, honor, value, and esteem. If we don’t know what truth is, how can we stand for America? The left is at war with the truth and tries to reposition what it is that we believe to be true so that they can change society. We must stand for truth. PolitiCrosssing founder Chris Widener expands on the need to fight for truth in the short video below.

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