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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Jun 9, 2016 at 20:23

Hello, Henri

You talk like a clergyman. In talking about migrations that happened "millenia ago", don't forget the Roman Empire, where the gospel you quote was first promulgated. In those days, every corner of the Empire was ethnically diverse; and the major political divide centered on whether you were or were not a Roman citizen. It didn't matter whether you were a black Egyptian or a pale-skinned Brit; just what your citizenship was. The Christian Apostle Paul was an ethnic Jew, but a Roman citizen; and while his being a Pharisee helped him in some scuffles with the Sadducees, his Roman citizenship saved his neck on more than one occasion.

When Jesus talked about "loving one's neighbor:, he held up a Samaritan as an example. He did not, however, advocate that the Jews accept the Samaritans as fellow Jews, nor give validity to their worship. In talking to a Samaritan woman, he quite sternly told her,

John 4:
[19] The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
[20] Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
[21] Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
[22] Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.

In the US, we have lots of races of people with lots of different religious notions, just as in ancient Rome. In those days, Jesus did not go about, telling the Roman authorities which people they should allow in which province, nor who should become citizens. That was the business of the leaders of Rome, not of the church (which at that time, included only Jesus). Jesus said we needed to love our neighbor, regardless of his religion or ethnicity; but he did not advocate striving to change government policies on immigration or any other matter. If you trust in Jesus, you are his disciple; and the disiple is not above his master.

Since the start of the Bush Dynasty, the Republicans have been fielding candidates from the business world and the Democrats have been fielding lawyers. They're both more interested in the color of your money, than in the color of your skin; but if a difference should arise between two people over the issue of race or religion, it's the lawyers that are in their element. With those kinds of people in charge, our country is starting to look like one big courtroom, with everyone accusing and suing one another over race, religion and every other beef. The church does not need to get involved in this stuff; and if they do, they will do so to their own hurt.

In case you're wondering, my family is of mixed race and international; and we're very careful about talking politics and religion to one another. We love one another because we're family; it's not a doctrinal or political issue.

Here's a map of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2013/05/16/a-revealing-map-of-the-worlds-most-and-least-ethnically-diverse-countries/

Notice that the most diverse, the "rainbow people" of the world, like Libya and Afghanistan, seem to be the most embroiled in conflicts; and that the non-diverse countries like France and Australia are among the world's wealthiest and most stable. I don't blame the French nor the Americans, for wanting to be like the latter and not the former. It's not a matter of racism or religion, but of economics: The Big Money people and their paid leaders, like Cameron, Hollande and Obama (and Clinton, among leaders-in-waiting) make big profits from flooding both Europe and the US with non-Western immigrants; but our working classes suffer from it. I believe that's the bottom line.
The French

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