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Room at the Inn?
by cosmicrat ·
3-December-2016, 7:59 pm

Is there room at your Inn?

That was a question asked in a Christian legend of long ago by a young couple far from home. In the story, they were given refuge in the stable, out of kindness. Whether true or not, it was a tale told to teach the value of caring about others, even strangers, in need of shelter, food, or safety.

 

You don't need to be Christian, or religious at all, to understand and hold this value. We are human beings, able to feel the same needs that others do, and imagine ourselves in their shoes. Most of us want to help, unless we are taught not to.

Humanity exists today, having survived the times before tools, before fire, before weapons, because we cared for one another, not just ourselves. Life is easier and safer now, and some teach that it is all right to be selfish, not caring, and even to prey on the strangers, harm them, and drive them away.

It is not all right. The human empathy that enabled our survival is needed even more now to keep us at peace, to let us work together instead of against one another. To those who would banish the stranger, and refuse to help those in need, this is the answer:

immigrants_welcome_order_page.png

https://act.faithfulamerica.org/donate/refugees_banner/?t=2&akid=923.101608.EHnBil

https://act.faithfulamerica.org/donate/refugees_sticker/?t=3&akid=923.101608.EHnBil

Though I am not a  believer in religion, there are human values  it teaches with which I agree completely.

This is one of them.

--cosmicrat December 3, 2016

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  •  SecretCorners: 
     

    By the way, the innkeeper did not let them stay in the stable out of kindness but to make a buck and that is what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown.

     
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  •  SecretCorners: 
     

    I came in ready to discuss about loving and caring and was disappointed to see the political message pasted in. However, I can ignore that and will ignore it. 

    I have been seeing the Salvation Army kettles lately; I need to scrape together some money so the next time I am out I will be prepared to give my offering; I usually don't have anything on me.  Even on my $130 a month salary I will still give because I know the Salvation Army host a soup kitchen where they feed lunch each day to anyone in need.  I would love to be able to do a tree angel thing but there is just no way I can afford to do so.

     
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    •  cosmicrat: 
       

      It is sad that the banner depicted can be considered a political message because there is political disagreement about it.  It is intended for churches or other institutions offering sanctuary.

      Welcoming immigrants and refugees should not be controversial-- not when it done by individuals, nor by places of sanctuary, and certainly not by our nation.

        

       
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      •  Greystarfish1: 
         

        The immigrants should come here legally NOT illegally. Not all immigrants are here for a better life, etc. Some are in involved in gangs, jihad, etc. 

         
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        •  cosmicrat: 
           

          Obviously a legal path is preferable, so that immigrants can enter openly with background checks, travel safely, and live and work without fear and without being exploited by unscrupulous employers.  This should be open to anyone without a criminal record or discernable ulterior motives.  Such a reformed system has been  needed for quite a long time.

          Millions of immigrants are already contributing to our society and economy, whether documented or not, and should have the opportunity to continue.

          There are, unfortunately, some who oppose immigration out of prejudice, fear, or both.  Exploitative employers would prefer their workers to be undocumented and fearful of deportation.

          Neither kind of ill motivation should be allowed to prevent our nation, our states, cities, and people from doing the right thing.  Banners or signs like the one posted above should be posted everywhere good people agree.

           
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          •  Greystarfish1: 
             

            Mary and Joseph fled Israel and went to Egypt. This was to avoid King Herod murdering the baby Jesus. This article was written by an Egyptian. It traces the Holy family's journey into Egypt. http://www.algomhuria.net.eg/egyptian_mail/m5/3.asp    

             
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            •  Greystarfish1: 
               

              This article is about the unknown kind businessman, that offered the Holy family, all that he had - the stable. This is from a Libertarian website.  https://www.lewrockwell.com/2013/12/lew-rockwell/the-holy-family-and-the-businessman/ .

               
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              •  cosmicrat: 
                 

                It's interesting how people from various viewpoints interpret the meaning of familiar legends.  A story can have as much meaning whether it actually happened or not, whether it teaches a lesson, or illustrates ways in which people are likely to act.

                This is the kind of tale that has probably happened a great many times, in many places.  Famines, wars, tyrants, or hope for greener pastures have led people to travel far, often with meager resources.  Sometimes they are greeted with hostility, and others with a helping hand.

                Those who are kind to strangers seldom know if there is anything "special" about their guests, whether they or their offspring may someday do great things for humanity.  It doesn't matter.  Most of the time they will be ordinary people who may, with luck and hard work, live ordinary lives.

                The reason for human kindness, the only one necessary, is that at another time and place, we could be them, and they could be us.

                 
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