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<按外貌待人,便是犯罪>6/17-6/23/13

「經上記著說:「要愛人如己。」你們若全守這至尊的律法,才是好的。但你們若按外貌待人,便是犯罪,被律法定為犯法的。」(雅各書2:8-9) 

“Yes indeed, it is good when you obey the royal law as found in the Scriptures: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin. You are guilty of breaking the law.” (James 2:8-9 NLT)

默想禱告: 一 腳踏進辦公室, 馬上看見桌面放著一大堆散亂,又高又厚的文檔,俯首疾視, 才認出是律師寄來的補充材料。原來幾週前審核親屬移民的其中一案引起我慣性的 敏銳關注,猜疑的心便一觸即發,隱約嗅出作假的味兒,聯想起申請人又泡製出新一套故弄玄虛的騙局。單單看這對西班牙裔夫婦的結婚近照,女方像男的母親,身 材肥胖,額上皺紋如一頁摺紙,結婚證書亦証實女方比男的大十來歲,女公民曾一度离婚,並有一子一女,與申請人結婚不到一年,男方偷渡入境,身份不合法…以 此推論,正符合許多作假「板模」(Profiling)的 各種明顯徵象。我於是通知代表律師盡速補交文件,要求申請人証明這是一段真實無偽,有根有據的婚姻關係,雖然我心中早就打好否決書的草稿,把案子看為另一 次的買賣婚姻來處理。然而仔細閱讀補充資料,才發現他們两人已經同居六年,除了呈上各種單據和租約, 並提供共同資產証明作佐證以外,有两封由女方成年子女所寫了宣誓書內容更令我刮目相看,不得不對這案子重新看待。其中一封信這樣寫說:「尊敬的移民官先 生:我的繼父在我十歲時與我們一家已經住在一起,這六年多來,他對我們患嚴重糖尿病的母親悉心照顧,待我們姐弟如同親生,甚至比生父更體貼,他努力工作, 賺錢養家,在我們眼中,他是一位令我們敬重又盡責的父親,去年他們決定結婚,表示長相廝守的誠意…請不要把他遣返,因為我們需要他的愛來維持這個家庭…」 這段情辭懇切的話頃刻間推翻我固有的偏執。撇開數十頁的實証文件不談,單是這封宣誓書已經足夠敲碎我的「慣性思維」,和先入為主的「定罪」成見。想到我倘 若不好好反思這種職業病所導致常常對人事物的負面臆測,我在日後待人處事肯定會帶著有色眼鏡去過濾一切,也會帶著偏差的心態看别人,造成盲目的判斷,深怕 自己養成以外貌取人,以外在的條件來對待人,判斷人的陋習(Stereotyping)。美國是多元文化,多種族的移民國家,不常接觸其他種族的人,極容易對異族的思想行為產生錯覺和偏差。所以我每逢聽見北美的廣柬人通稱非洲裔為「黑鬼」,或說他們是拿救濟金的一幫「閒人」就感到很反感;不少中國人把中南美洲西裔都看作是「偷渡者」Illegals, 認為所有猶太人通通是「唯利是圖」的貪財鬼,中東人則大多是「激進派」的回教恐怖主義份子…卻没有想過,在外國人的眼中,中國人乃是自私自利,沒禮貌,不 守規矩,不合群,在國際事務總是冷眼旁觀的民族。在我生命的歷程中,我認定了衹有我們所信的神從不偏待人(使徒行傳10:34-48),祂降雨給義人,也 降雨給不義的人,祂的愛普及萬千。因為世人是祂的精心設計,祂愛世上一切的人,不分階級,種族,身份地位,也絕不採用屬世的標準來評價每個人的生存價值, 因為一切人在祂看來都有價值和尊嚴。我們真需要從聖經的話,以悟性辨識主的心意,效法主耶穌那顆「普世心懷」看待别人。試想連基督徒也以貌取人,或深化種 族上的差異與偏見,我們就等於犯了聖經的律法,也等於犯了罪。我們應該有「厭惡罪惡」之心,卻不可有「恨罪人」之念,免得僭奪了唯一能夠看透人心,獨自擁 有終審主權,既公義又有憐憫的上帝。求主幫助我,時刻除去心中對別人的錯誤判斷和各種成見,讓神的靈淨化內心那種自以為義,自覺對世事都能明察秋毫的傲慢,讓主耶稣謙卑柔和,憐恤人的美德充塞填滿我心中每一寸的角落,直到無處可容。感恩祈禱,奉主耶穌得勝的名,阿們。(陳熾弟兄分享)

Meditation & Prayer: Recently, I question my judgment ability in the process of adjudicating of an immigrant petition.  If I solely rely upon my experience and fraud detection training, the case can be legitimately viewed as a typical marriage fraud scenario: A female citizen petitioner, 12 years older than the beneficiary, previously divorced with 2 children; her spouse has no legal status, and both got married less than a year. At least the wedding pictures appear to affirm my presumption-the bride looks like his mom than his wife. Three weeks later, I received a huge folder of documentation submitted by the representing attorney per my request to ascertain the bona-fides of this marriage. The supplemental documents reveal a complete different reality. Not only did the couple cohabit over 6 years supported by years of evidence of common assets and liabilities, leases and bills, the sworn statements submitted by the petitioner’s two grown children literally shattered my distorted impression on this family. One section of the letter says: “Dear Officer: He has been a part of my family for more than a decade…my mother decided to move in with him and after 6 years of living together they wed. He supports her financially and emotionally. He attends my mother’s doctor visits and helps her daily with her diabetes. He is more than a step-father to my brother and I, he is more like our biological father. He has guided us through our childhood and into adulthood…Thought of him leaving us is just devastating…” While “Profiling” may be a necessary means to detect certain pattern of behavior, it easily generates a false perception by “Stereotyping” a group of people, even an entire culture. We live in a multi-ethnic society, at least in America, where immigrants from around the world still practice their traditions and live in their own enclaves. Partiality and prejudice toward others has no place in an open and equal society.  For all human beings are created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27). God loved the world so much that He sent Jesus to lay down His life for us (John 3:16). The “world” obviously includes all ethnic groups. God does not show partiality or favoritism (Ephesians 6:9), and neither should we. Thus all forms of racism, prejudice, and discrimination devalue the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. I am especially annoyed hearing ethnics comments by Chinese people toward blacks, Hispanic, Jews and Muslims; reflecting a deep-seated ethnocentric mentality we have toward other people. As Christians, we detest sinful and immoral behavior, but we should not hate the sinners or prejudice against them. Our actions/conduct reflects our true Christian character as we diligently imitate the communicable attributes of Christ. Through this case, the Lord alerts me the danger of falling prey to all forms of bias, but leaves the final call to God who owns the sovereignty and power to dispense justice on every human being in end times. In Jesus holy name I pray, amen. (Brother Mike Chan sharing)

王倚真、楊靜姝、陈炽 神传播協會

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