I'm not sure why Donald Trump feels the need to make inflammatory remarks about immigrants. I guess it gets him a lot of attention; I'm giving him more attention right now. But I do find it ironic since his mother was an immigrant from Scotland, and his father's parents came to the U.S. from Germany.
Grieving is hard by itself. But it also makes harder other things in our lives, everything from getting out of bed in the morning to maintaining healthy relationships. When two people are going through grief together (e.g., a married couple mourning the loss of a child), things are even more complicated because each person is different. We have different memories, different dreams that are dashed, and different expectations for what should happen next and when.
If someone is hurting other people, we should not be afraid to speak strongly against him and intervene to protect his victims. (For example, the people who push sex-change therapy and surgery, especially for children, are on dangerous ground.) But if someone is herself hurting, misguided, marginalized, isolated, or otherwise distressed, we should not to make the problem worse by ganging up on her with mockery, insult, and criticism.
"But it isn't unsavory," argued Bok. "That is just it. We have made it so by making it mysterious, by surrounding it with silence, by making it a forbidden topic. It is the most beautiful story in life."
Jesus did not pressure anyone to follow him. He invited and he welcomed, but he did not demand or cajole. I see the early disciples following his example.
World War II happened because a few political and military leaders decided that their personal interests were more important than the lives of millions of fellow human beings.
Deciding to walk by faith puts in great company. All of the people listed in Hebrews 11 and all the other saints throughout history are a great cloud of witnesses cheering us in. We can't depend solely on the faith of others to get us through, but we should lean on and learn from others when our faith is weak.
Helping the poor is one of the most Christ-honoring things we can do. Compassion International is one way that we can make a real difference and show the world what following Jesus is really about.