Dear GTCC Spiritual Family,

Over the last couple of weeks, we have been confronted with the stark reality of children being separated from their parents at the southern border of the United States in the name of national security. 

Forcibly separating children from their parents in this situation is morally abhorrent and is inconsistent with the scripture’s teaching of love and care for the widow, orphan, poor and the foreigner.  There is no other descriptor that is relevant beyond the fact that these are children.

I am in agreement with Archbishop of St. Louis Robert Carlson on this issue.  I call on each member of Greentree to pray for these families and their children, and within each of our spheres of influence, call on our leaders, after decades of failure, to create just and merciful immigration and security solutions.

Children should not pay the price for our failure. There is plenty of blame to go around but no one can blame the children.

Only By His Grace,

Dr. Tom Ricks