Ponderings with Doug – November 11, 2015


I was watching all the immigration stuff this week. One of the TV people, a guest legal expert said, “This is not fair.” I went to a Bible to look up the concept of fairness. The Bible does not speak of fairness. Maybe the law books say something about fairness.

My only connection with the law is that I raised lawyer. I heard TV legal experts talk about the immigrationproposal as unconstitutional and disqualifying for the candidate.

United States Federal law states,

“Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”

It is from the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, it is also known as the McCarran-Walter Act. While it might not be fair, it seems the law gives the President of the United States certain rights as regards entry into the United States. It is not fair, but it is the law of the land.

If you want to experience a rich full life forget fairness. Life is not fair. Jesus was not fair. Jesus said, “The last will be first and the first will be last.” That is wonderful if you are at the end of the line, but what about those people standing in the front of the line. He told stories about workers in the field. The early morning workers had a contract. The mid-day hires had an oral agreement for wages. By the time the late afternoon crew was hired, they had a job with only a promise of just compensation. The last were paid the same as the first. That is not fair! Want to holler “unfair,” consider the older brother standing out in the field listening to the sounds of celebration for the younger brother who has returned home

There is a thief right now in heaven. This guy is walking the streets of gold. He is listening to the angelic choirs. He knows Jesus. He did nothing. He never confessed his sins or repented. He never joined the church. He was never baptized. He never served on the finance committee. He never had a prayer. In the end that is all it took.

“Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

Jesus told him, “This day you will be with me in paradise.”

We know him as the thief on the cross, Jesus knows him by name.

It is not fair!