America is an immigrant nation

Published 8:24 am Thursday, November 3, 2022

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Dear Rev. Graham: It’s upsetting to see so many people pouring into the United States. I’m torn in my emotions since my heart also grieves for these people in great need, but it seems like much of this chaos is political rather than humanitarian. Is there a message we can give these people who are fleeing into this country thinking that it will solve all their problems? — I.N.

Dear I.N.: When the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty was celebrated, it was a reminder that America is an immigrant nation. Nearly all of us can trace our roots to another land. After the Vietnam War, tens of thousands of immigrants came to America as refugees. Many more went to other free countries. The refugees were looking for safe havens for themselves and their families, away from wars and hunger and need. America has provided a safe haven for millions, a place where immigrants can pursue their hopes and dreams. Like the torch held by the Lady in the harbor, God’s light shines to signify that He is a refuge for all, “a helper in the time of storms.”
The world is in a state of chaos. Government officials, politicians, world leaders, and false prophets can banter back and forth and proclaim they know how to bring peace to the people, but the more they try, the more entangled it becomes. Satan is behind this all and he weaves a bit of God’s truth into the dirty rags of sin. He promises utopia but cannot deliver. Satan is the commander in deceit, the ringleader in rebellion against God.
The greatest message we can convey to others contains a wonderful truth. The Bible says, “Blessed are all who take refuge in [God]” (Psalm 2:12, ESV). This refuge is found in God’s salvation, which brings peace in the human heart.
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(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)

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