There are two things I am very proud of in this life. I am a very proud Christian and I am a very proud American. I truly believe that I live in the greatest country and I worship the greatest God that could ever be thought of.
As a Christian who is a Seventh-day Adventists, I firmly believe that we are to engage ourselves in social justice in this world. I firmly believe that God has given us the Sabbath day in order to not only worship him but to begin fighting for those who are oppressed by others and being subdued by a tyrannical government. This is why the Bible tells us that we are to plead the cause of the widow and fight for the orphans. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
Currently there is an issue going on with illegal immigrants in this country. Many times Americans want to say these immigrants have no right to be here and they should go back to where they came from.
We often wonder if God has something to say on this matter? Doesn’t God care for the illegal immigrant who can barely scrape by because they are being paid underneath the table a mere pittance? I personally believe that he does care about the situation and we are to be active in promoting change in this area.
In my studies on this topic, I’ve encountered the writings of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. These two men are co-owners of the Village Voice Media. It is through this media outlet that they seek to change the heart of the average American to become more compassionate to the situation that illegal immigrants find themselves in. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/ and http://james-larkin.com/press/
In their publishing, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have come up against Sheriff Joseph Arpaio on more than one occasion. Part of their strategy to grow compassion in the hearts of the American citizens is to show what kind of evil actions people like Sheriff Joseph Arpaio are committing against these people.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin report on how Sheriff Joe Arpaio allowed a Hispanic woman to lose her baby when she went into labor. She was eight months pregnant and being held in one of Sheriff Joseph Arpaio’s prisons there in the Maricopa County.
She complained that she was feeling pain and that the baby no longer was moving. Normally an OB/GYN would be called. However, Sheriff Joseph Arpaio denying her this capability and her unborn child needlessly died as a result of his neglect.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin would personally experience the atrocity that is Sheriff Joseph Arpaio. He trampled upon their freedom of speech when he realized how many things they reported about him.
He did this by illegally trying to shut down the Corporation Village Voice Media. When this did not work, he held Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin at gunpoint and even legally demanded that evidence of his crimes be destroyed. These two brave men stood against him on that day.