There are far too many heads of state, of corporations, and of families who are heartless. When they promote and enforce policies that serve selfish human pride and insularity they stand out like water in olive oil. Inhumanity is streaming like sunshine at a time when public and private regard for basic human dignity and needs are at an all time low. Immigrant policies and social justice are not political choices. They are the seedbed of higher civilized behaviour.
No People Movement, No Utopia
The stories of both the Old and New Testament are witness to the surprising excellence of hospitality to strangers and kindness to widows and orphans. There can be no leading of humanity without practices and policies that are saturated with human kindness. Patriotism and nationalism are the tools of heartless heads. Increasingly we are coming to the conclusion that there is not much of facts and reality in the heads of many leaders.
Land, Empire and Commonwealth
“Jews will not replace us” is a chant we dismiss as devilish and pray that speech like that be criminalized. It could not come from anything that we can define as fine. Most states are reverting to the ugliest and most sickening periods of their development: cruelty to widows and orphans, mistreatment of foreigners, dissing of parents by their children, children abandoned to society’s shifting sands, and irrelevant loyalties. Immigration has been the fuel and the test for civilized behavior in the most riveting story of human development.
Stories of the heart
No better story exists. No seismic activity in the area of human conscience and responsibility to community compares to the Mosaic and prophetic traditions of Israel. The migration of Asian tribes to North America did not create a global paradigm neither did the arrival of Europeans in their migration to North America.
Abraham would be surprised to find that the people he called friend and neighbour were being targeted for annihilation. This is evidence that the ancient arrangements need to be sifted (we Christians call this the correct division of the message), to separate the outdated instructions.
I suppose that the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25ff) illustrates the existence of leadership without a heart and a leadership obsessed with compliance without love or compassion. Obeying the Sabbath command is futile and hypocritical when compassion for others is absent.
But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the people, There are six days in which work ought to be done. Come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day. Then the Lord answered him, You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger and lead it away to water it? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day? Luke 13:14-16