Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Immigration Debate Justice & Mercy

There has been a lot of debate about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints statement on immigration. Those that demand Justice and those the demand Mercy. I think in this debate we need to be mindful of a parable told by Boyd K. Packer

Let me tell you a story--a parable.

There once was a man who wanted something very much. It seemed more important than anything else in his life. In order for him to have his desire, he incurred a great debt.

He had been warned about going into that much debt, and particularly about his creditor. But it seemed so important for him to do what he wanted to do and to have what he wanted right now. He was sure he could pay for it later.

So he signed a contract. He would pay it off some time along the way. He didn't worry too much about it, for the due date seemed such a long time away. He had what he wanted now, and that was what seemed important.

The creditor was always somewhere in the back of his mind, and he made token payments now and again, thinking somehow that the day of reckoning really would never come.

But as it always does, the day came, and the contract fell due. The debt had not been fully paid. His creditor appeared and demanded payment in full.

Only then did he realize that his creditor not only had the power to repossess all that he owned, but the power to cast him into prison as well.

"I cannot pay you, for I have not the power to do so," he confessed.

"Then," said the creditor, "we will exercise the contract, take your possessions, and you shall go to prison. You agreed to that. It was your choice. You signed the contract, and now it must be enforced."

"Can you not extend the time or forgive the debt?" the debtor begged. "Arrange some way for me to keep what I have and not go to prison. Surely you believe in mercy? Will you not show mercy?"

The creditor replied, "Mercy is always so one-sided. It would serve only you. If I show mercy to you, it will leave me unpaid. It is justice I demand. Do you believe in justice?"

"I believed in justice when I signed the contract," the debtor said. "It was on my side then, for I thought it would protect me. I did not need mercy then, nor think I should need it ever. Justice, I thought, would serve both of us equally as well."

"It is justice that demands that you pay the contract or suffer the penalty," the creditor replied. "That is the law. You have agreed to it and that is the way it must be. Mercy cannot rob justice."

There they were: One meting out justice, the other pleading for mercy. Neither could prevail except at the expense of the other.

"If you do not forgive the debt there will be no mercy," the debtor pleaded.

"If I do, there will be no justice," was the reply.

Both laws, it seemed, could not be served. They are two eternal ideals that appear to contradict one another. Is there no way for justice to be fully served, and mercy also?

There is a way! The law of justice can be fully satisfied and mercy can be fully extended--but it takes someone else. And so it happened this time.

The debtor had a friend. He came to help. He knew the debtor well. He knew him to be shortsighted. He thought him foolish to have gotten himself into such a predicament. Nevertheless, he wanted to help because he loved him. He stepped between them, faced the creditor, and made this offer.

"I will pay the debt if you will free the debtor from his contract so that he may keep his possessions and not go to prison."

As the creditor was pondering the offer, the mediator added, "You demanded justice. Though he cannot pay you, I will do so. You will have been justly dealt with and can ask no more. It would not be just."

And so the creditor agreed.

The mediator turned then to the debtor. "If I pay your debt, will you accept me as your creditor?"

"Oh yes, yes," cried the debtor. "You save me from prison and show mercy to me."

"Then," said the benefactor, "you will pay the debt to me and I will set the terms. It will not be easy, but it will be possible. I will provide a way. You need not go to prison."

And so it was that the creditor was paid in full. He had been justly dealt with. No contract had been broken. The debtor, in turn, had been extended mercy. Both laws stood fulfilled. Because there was a mediator, justice had claimed its full share, and mercy was fully satisfied.

Each of us lives on a kind of spiritual credit. One day the account will be closed, a settlement demanded. However casually we may view it now, when that day comes and the foreclosure is imminent, we will look around in restless agony for someone, anyone, to help us.

And, by eternal law, mercy cannot be extended save there be one who is both willing and able to assume our debt and pay the price and arrange the terms for our redemption.

Unless there is a mediator, unless we have a friend, the full weight of justice untempered, unsympathetic, must, positively must fall on us. The full recompense for every transgression, however minor or however deep, will be exacted from us to the uttermost farthing.

But know this: Truth, glorious truth, proclaims there is such a Mediator.

"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." (1 Tim. 2:5.)

Through Him mercy can be fully extended to each of us without offending the eternal law of justice. (From "The Mediator," Ensign, May 1977, pp. 54-56)

I think that we need to remember that in order for their to be MERCY there must be a mediator or someone to pay the demands of JUSTICE.

In the debate over immigration we know what the demand are for Justice are. What we don't know is who willing pay the demands of Justice in order for their to be Mercy.

Just something to think about.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Jerry Lewis Supporter Randy Parraz.

The man behind he recall of Russell Pearce and supporter of Jerry Lewis.

How much is Randy Paid by Unions?

Russell Pearce Responds TO GOP Questions.

The Arizona Republican Party sent out a questionnaire to all three candidates. Russell Pearce was the first to respond, the question now is will the other Republican candidates respond or will they remain silent.

My contention is that Russell Pearce has nothing to gain by being fourth coming in his responses, while the other candidates have everything to lose. So the question is will the other candidates respond in a timely manner in order for this information to get out to the public. As of now the other candidates haven't been so forth coming in answering questions.
Arizona Republican Party Survey - District 18 - Russell Pe…

Monday, October 3, 2011

Update - Jerry Lewis, Russell Pearce and Mormon Church's Stance On Immigration

Here is updated information done by a researcher on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Days Saints position on Bishops, Stake Presidents and other participation in the electoral process.

My previous post Jerry Lewis, Russell Pearce and Mormon Church's Stance On Immigration I thought was clear but here is some additional information.

It is inappropriate to invoke the church and its membership lists in any political matter.  
This is against church policy and endangers its tax-exempt status.  

According to the Church Handbook 2 Section 21.1.29 paragraph 3 “While affirming the right of expression on political and social issues, the church is neutral regarding political parties, political platforms, and candidates for public office.  The church does not endorse any political party or candidate.  Nor does it advise members how to vote….stake presidents and other local leaders should not organize members to participate in political matters or attempt to influence how they participate.”

Paragraph 4: “Candidates for public office should not imply that their candidacy is endorsed by the church or its leaders.
Church leaders and members should also avoid statements or conduct that might be interpreted as church endorsement of any political party, platform, policy, or candidate.”

This One's for Sen. Pearce!

Rebuttal of misinformation regarding Pearce statement

The information provided above was compiled by a researcher who I don't know and was forwarded to me by Pearce supporter. It is long and contains a lot of information. I believe it will also be available at Gilbert Watch as well, another really good blog with information.


“Senator Pearce is, has been, and will continue to be a fierce advocate for
the law enforcement community. He is dedicated to the Rule of Law;
protection of the public and protection of Officer’s Rights. He recognizes
and acts on the need to improve state, national and international security
measures. Senator Pearce is willing to take the fight to the front lines
instead of waiting for those whose intent is to do us harm to arrive on the
doorstep of our homes, businesses and governmental institutions. His
fortitude and dedication to the community he represents and the State of
Arizona is exemplified by the honor bestowed on him by the members of this
association,” Brian Livingston, APA Executive Director, stated. “

Read more here