Thoughts on life by Teri McCarthy


Part III – The Truth About Illegals in Our Nation

Posted by admin in March 14th, 2018 | 2 comments 
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Have immigrants done harm to anyone here in the US? Aren’t they just here to live out the American Dream? Aren’t they just Dreamers? Unfortunately, as one reporter put it, “Not everyone has melted.” Assimilation is vitally important to a nation of immigrants. That’s why the USA has been referred to as a Melting Pot. Adaption to language, cultural norms, and standards of law are vitally important for a nation of immigrants to succeed.

As Christians, how are we to respond to the questions about illegal immigration? It’s really difficult to pilfer through the definitions, clarifying terms, and crazy statistics all related to illegal aliens, undocumented workers, DACA Dreamers, and refugees. UGH – sometimes it gets to be just too much!

World Relief’s “Welcome the Stranger” video released last month is directed by Jenny Yang. Yang is a staff member at World Relief in charge of their political arm. World Relief lost their way a long time ago and sadly, church organizations around the nation (including SBC), jumped on the WR bandwagon and bought whatever they were selling. Jenny Yang is their hawker of wares for everything immigration. And BIG surprise!! Jenny Yang is a Democrat who supports and lobbies for…wait for it…DACA Dreamers. That’s right! Yang rallied 20 of her closest friends who happen to be labeled “Christian Leaders” and they all put together a hipster video with each of the 20 women, (8 of whom aren’t US citizens and hail from nations with stricter immigration laws than our own, i.e. Canadian Ann Voskamp!), taking Matthew 25:31-46 and blasting those of us who are against illegal immigration and want it stopped; blasting us over our ignorant, non-tolerant, unloving, un-Christlike, hate-filled heads. And each of them walked away feeling better for the experience of “reading Jesus’ words” in a prophetic format. WHATEVER! How many of these women live in gated communities? Do any of them live in cities where illegal aliens are tearing communities apart and destroying safety and infrastructure?

One of my readers, Dan Golvach, sure needs your prayers. Dan has seen personally the havoc illegals have brought to our nation. He wrote me recently, “Google my son Spencer Golvach. He was randomly gunned down at a red light by a 4-time deported illegal alien who had a 15-year rap sheet here and had done five years for attempted murder. These fake Christians [these 20 women] are your enemy. Nowhere in the Bible does it teach to reward mass lawlessness or to coddle people who thumb their noses at the immigration laws that are designed to protect us. These women are treasonous, traitorous snakes. Think that’s harsh? Try looking at your kid’s deflated head in a casket like I did.” My heart breaks for Dan and others like him who have lost loved ones to the senseless and lawless killings by illegal immigrants.

There is an ugly underbelly to illegal immigration that these 20 “Christian Leaders” seem to self-righteously ignore. I think there are those in the Church who want us to see DACA Dreamers as the best and the brightest in America. The media is portraying them as all valedictorians and Medal of Honor recipients, when the truth is quite a different story. World Relief, who, by the way, receives $256 million a year from the federal government’s refugee program, WANTS YOU to BELIEVE that these 800,000 DACA recipients are “real Americans,” better, harder-working, and more law-abiding than native-born Americans. An idea that simply is not true.

Let’s look at the cold hard facts:

The stats on illegal immigrants ages 15-35 (DACA Dreamers) and crime in the USA are staggering. The data, unfortunately, is from only five states (Arizona, Florida, California, New York and Texas), because the Obama Administration ordered that federal statistics on illegals and crime no longer be kept or made available. So, for these five states, the numbers show that 5,416 US citizens are killed each year by illegal aliens between the ages of 15 to 35. That’s the stats for these five states alone! We can only imagine how many thousands more have been murdered by DACA Dreamers in the other 45 states. (Research cited by the Pew Foundation and The Crime Prevention Research Center). There is an entire website focusing on the citizen victims of these illegals: https://fairus.org/issue/illegal-immigration/examples-serious-crimes-illegal-aliens

Between 1985–2017, illegal immigrants in Arizona aged 15-35 were 250 percent more likely to commit crimes than U.S. citizens of the same age, according to the Arizona Department of Corrections. To make matters worse, these illegal immigrants in Arizona were more likely to commit more serious crimes — such as murder, robbery, and sexual assault – than US citizens of the same age. For instance, this same study in Arizona found that illegal immigrants were dramatically more likely to be convicted of a homicide-related offense than either native-born Americans or legal immigrants during that 33-year period. Sounds like they are more guns than roses.

Florida’s State Corrections’ stats estimate that in 2014, 75% of all criminal defendants who were convicted and sentenced for drug offenses were illegal aliens.

Another reader, Susie from Southern California, wrote me last week, “I am a native Southern Californian. The little semi-rural town I live in is overwhelmed with gangs—MS-13, drugs, cartel influence, even trafficking. We cannot get a handle on it! So much from non-existent immigration control. This bleeding-heart video is from women who live in wealth and privilege and likely gated/security. They have no idea what it’s like to live in crime riddled areas. I find the lack of care for the safety of legal and vulnerable citizens to be very telling of this false agenda. That and this is an organization [World Relief] that receives monies from George Soros. That’s enough to make one pause….”

There are 11 million illegal undocumented immigrants in the US today. The majority of these illegals come to the US through the Mexico/US border.

–take low expertise jobs from under skilled US citizens.
–are abused by employers, often treated as slaves, with no legal recourse.
–are afraid to report crime or testify against criminals – even when they are eyewitnesses.
–are 10% of the US prison population whose care is paid for by the US taxpayer.
–are not themselves tax payers, as their income is unreported and undocumented.

This is why American Christians want a wall. This is why American Christians want illegals to follow the laws of the land and to obey the immigration structures put in place to protect our nation and to protect its citizens. Jesus said we are to render to Caesar what is Caesar’s. That’s not just taxes, that is honor, respect, obedience. What were Jesus’ words telling us when He said, “If the military asks you to carry their equipment one mile, carry it two!” He is saying that we are to obey those in authority over us and to not just obey the law (every Roman soldier had the right to ask citizens to carry their equipment), but to do even more than the law required. Peter, Paul, and James all write to us in the New Testament and tell us to obey the leaders put in authority over us. Why? So that we may live in peace in the land–Ephesians 6:3.

You can’t get much clearer than Romans 13: 1-5, “All of you must yield to the government rulers. No one rules unless God has given him the power to rule, and no one rules now without that power from God. So those who are against the government are really against what God has commanded. And they will bring punishment on themselves. Those who do right do not have to fear the rulers; only those who do wrong fear them. Do you want to be unafraid of the rulers? Then do what is right, and they will praise you. The ruler is God’s servant to help you. But if you do wrong, then be afraid. He has the power to punish; he is God’s servant to punish those who do wrong. So you must yield to the government, not only because you might be punished, but because you know it is right. This is also why you pay taxes. Rulers are working for God and give their time to their work. Pay everyone, then, what you owe. If you owe any kind of tax, pay it. Show respect and honor to them all.” This is written by a guy who was living under an occupied government. Rome was occupying Israel!! If it is true for Paul, it certainly is true for those of us living in a Republic! Right?!?

Whew. Yes. There’s more…

Now what about those refugees? Beth Moore and all those sweet Christian women are really talking about those poor refugees. Have you seen the letter written to the President and published in the Washington Post? You have to see this, https://www.worldrelief.org/blog/a-letter-to-president-trump-and-congress

Take a look at every single name that signed this letter. Read their names and as you do I want you to consider this:

November 5, 2009Nidal Malik Hasan, a U.S. Army major and psychiatrist, fatally shot 13 people and injured more than 30 in Fort Hood, Texas. Hasan was born in the U.S. to Palestinian parents who sought asylum here. Nidal attended the same mosque in Roanoke, VA, as two of the 9/11 hijackers. In fact, both of those hijackers attended Nidal’s mother’s funeral in May of 2001.

April 15, 2013Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were ethnic Chechnian by way of Kyrgyzstan. The boys’ parents, Ansor and Zubeidat Tsarnaev, were refugees/asylum seekers. Their parents were allowed into the US on tourist visas, but because their nation was “war-torn” they were able to claim asylum. Once the parents got their green cards, the boys were brought to the US through the “Family-Based Migration” visa program. These brothers were responsible for the Boston Marathon Bombings that killed three people and injured several hundred others, including 16 who lost limbs. These brothers are important examples when discussing chain immigration.

December 2, 2015Syed Rizwan Farook killed 14 people and wounded 22 others in San Bernardino, CA. Farook was the child of refugee/political asylum seeker Syed Farook, Sr., who came to the US as a tourist, then claimed persecution in Pakistan because of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s populist Pakistan Peoples Party. Farook Sr. received permanent residency as a refugee/asylum seeker.

Syed Rizwan Farook was not alone. His Pakistan-born wife, Tashfeen Malik, came to the US on a CHAIN MIGRATION VISA, also called “Family-Based Migration” visa that allows permanent residence to people whose family members are naturalized citizens of the US.

July 16, 2015Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez opened fire on two military installations in Chattanooga, TN, killing five Marines and wounding two others. Abdulazeez, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was born in Kuwait to Palestinian-Jordanian parents. He and his family came to the US as refugees.

September 17, 2016Dahir A. Adan committed a mass stabbing at the Crossroads Center Mall in St. Cloud, MN, injuring 10 people. Adan was a Somali refugee and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2008.

September 20, 2016Ahmad Khan Rahimi – Over the course of three days, three bombs exploded and several explosive devices were found in New Jersey and New York City, injuring at least 30 people. Rahimi was an Afghan refugee, through the chain immigration program, his father, Mohammed Rahami, sought asylum here and then became a naturalized citizen (there is some confusion over when Rahami or his family were officially granted legal residency in the country; paperwork and legal documents are missing and the exact time of their application and approval are unknown–perfect example of the lousy vetting done on refugees).

November 28, 2016Abdul Razal Ali Artan carried out an attack on Ohio State University’s campus by driving his vehicle into pedestrians injuring 13. Artan, a student of the university, was a refugee from Somalia. He plowed his car into a campus crowd, jumped out of the vehicle and began stabbing people with a butcher knife; 11 injured, 1 critically. Artan was killed. Artan came to the US with six family members as refugees in 2014.

June 12, 2016Omar Mateen was the Florida night club mass shooter. Omar’s father immigrated to the US from Afghanistan, but no one knows how he got to the US or how he got citizenship. Paperwork on this family is not available. Again, paperwork is missing. Mateen Sr. is pro-Taliban and supports terrorist activities online via videos he posts on his own website as well as YouTube. Omar Matten Jr. killed 49 people in the night club shooting and injured 58. Mateen’s father still lives in Florida.

January 6, 2017Esteban Ruiz Santiago – A mass shooter at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in January, 2017. Five people were killed and six injured. Santiago, the shooter, was born to Puerto Rican immigrant parents in New Jersey.

October 31, 2017 – The Uzbekistan native Sayfullo Saipov went on a deadly truck rampage on a New York City bike path killing eight people and injuring 11. Saipov entered the United States in 2010 under a lottery immigrant visa. The lottery visa is exactly what it sounds like. The program was designed by Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) in 1990. The program allows 50,000 permanent resident visas to be issued EACH YEAR by the luck of the draw. The recipients are issued a permanent resident visa based on their names being drawn from a hat—an electronic hat these days. They become eligible for a green card and eventually citizenship which then allows them to apply for “Family-Based Migration” visas. Saipov was able to bring 23 family members to the US on unlimited chain migration visas. They are still here.

For a full explanation of the lottery program visit this link: https://www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/research/diversity-immigrant-visa-program-overview

One dozen terrorists committing nine attacks in eight years leaving 97 US citizens dead, 444 injured, and over 20 individuals maimed by loss of limbs.

I want the Shane Claiborns, and Beth Moores and Bill Hybells and Max Lucados and Ann Voskamps and all the other “Christian Leaders” who signed the World Relief open letter to President Trump to read the names and ages of each of these US citizens who has suffered at the hands of a refugee/asylum seeker who entered this nation under the false pretense of wanting safety and protection – these who entered this nation to do harm because of hatred and the violent theology they adhere to. These innocent citizens should have been protected. Our government failed them and chose the bleeding-heart rhetoric of “Welcoming the Stranger” over the common sense practices of strict immigration laws and proper vetting. Our nation needs immigration reform. We need a wall to protect our borders.

Here is a list of the names of thousands of US citizens who have been killed by illegals here in our nation: http://www.ojjpac.org/memorial.asp

I’m not against immigration. I don’t know any Americans who are. I AM opposed to illegal immigration. I believe people should take the time to go through the proper channels. I believe the Bible wholeheartedly, but being the Church and being a nation are two different things (i.e. freedom of religion). I am certain that each of these Christian leaders locks his or her door at night. (That’s a border and that is wisdom). In addition, think of the immigrant: illegals are 47% more likely to be held in slavery, taken advantage of, and not being paid a living wage. Legal immigrants have the laws of the land to help them with any injustices. I would like to ask each of these so-called Christian leaders how many illegal aliens have they brought into their homes? How many have they housed, fed, clothed, and educated? Because that is at the heart of the Scripture they are all touting – Matthew 25.

There is a micro and a macro application of Scripture to all of life – a personal application (as Christ’s commanded His followers) that isn’t a governance principle or meant for matters of State. Remember, Jesus lived under Roman rule and occupation. I believe it is very wrong to use one’s position, Scripture, and virtue signaling to guilt people into what truly is a political agenda. It is manipulation at its worst. I am saddened that thousands of men and women across the US who follow these Christian leaders will buy this guilt–hook, line, and sinker. Remember too folks, if the immigration reform bill gets passed, World Relief will lose over $1 billion in US federal funding. I call that a conflict of interest. World Relief is not taking a stand on Scripture or calling the Church to be holy. They are “guilting” American evangelical conservatives into buying their agenda. The whole thing grieves me. I’m afraid this time I cannot end my post with “peace.”

Part II – Was Jesus A Refugee?

Posted by admin in March 12th, 2018 | 1 comment 
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“JESUS was a refugee. If He came to earth today, He’d be cast out by anti-refugee policies! As a Christian, are you okay with that?”

This is a myth. Jesus was NOT a refugee. Ever. He also was not an illegal immigrant. Unfortunately, someone picked up on this untrue story a while back and started blasting it throughout Christendom. In fact, one family I know wanted to celebrate Christmas Eve last year at their church. Instead of celebrating the wonderful birth of Jesus, their pastor showed a rather lengthy film (pro-Palestinian) on how unwelcoming “Jesus the Refugee” would find Israel today. “Nothing but a wall would welcome him.” Hmmm…. that and the fact that Palestinian-occupied Bethlehem doesn’t allow Jews inside the city. Israel gave Bethlehem to the Palestinians in 1995.

If Jesus wasn’t a refugee, what was He? What really happened? Joseph and Mary were living in Nazareth. Nazareth is a city in Israel. The Roman Caesar, whose armies occupied and controlled Israel, called a census and required all Israeli citizens to return to their home city for a head count. Registering citizenship – wow! That’s a good idea.

Joseph and Mary (pregnant with Jesus) OBEYED the law […] Continue Reading…

World Relief and the Strange Video

Posted by admin in March 7th, 2018 | 8 comments 
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Am I the only person who has been frustrated by the use of Matthew 25 by pro-DACA groups to bludgeon American Evangelicals over the head? Jenny Yang and her World Relief video “Welcome the Stranger” sent me over the edge. Watching it, my heart grieved as well-meaning, but ill-informed women leaders with condemnatory tones and moral superiority read the words of Jesus. As I watched women that I’ve admired such as Kay Warren and Joni Eareckson Tada, speak these words into the camera, I just kept thinking, “Do they know what they are doing? Have they been tricked? What bill of goods has Jenny Yang sold them?” Misguided at best; theologically off at worst, where are their accountability partners and wise counselors?

It is difficult for me to put into words how I feel when men and women, everyone from World Relief to Christianity Today, misuse Jesus’ words from this important passage in Matthew 25. It is an attempt by these left-leaning people to make a case for illegal, undocumented immigrants to stay in the US. It is their belief that we should coddle, protect, and defend (as followers of Jesus) all DACA and illegal border crossers. […] Continue Reading…

The Obedience of Standing Still

Posted by admin in January 26th, 2018 | 6 comments 
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When we got our pup Mindy two years ago, our lives changed. Yes. For the better. Mindy brings us a lot of joy and laughter. She is a funny dog. Because of my previous experience of dog ownership, training of little Mindy is primarily my job. Potty training, leash training, stop licking training (haven’t got that one down yet), taking treats like a lady training and the all-important command of “stay.”

Hand out flat, voice firm and low, eye contact and then the command, “Stay!” pause, “Stay Mindy! Stay!” And I am very proud to say that she obeys. In fact, on those occasions when she is dying to go with us (she LOVES car rides), or we have the grandkids with us, or when we are leaving for church, I turn around with my back to the door facing our eager little puppy whose tail is wagging, whose tongue is flapping and ears all perked up ready to go and I say, “No Mindy. Stay. Stay.” And she sits down very disappointed, but compliant. Even though every fiber of her being wants to go with us and she longs to be with us and she hates being left […] Continue Reading…

God Is In Control?

Posted by admin in January 1st, 2018 | 8 comments 
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I love my church. And I love my pastor. I really appreciate our young pastor’s preaching and teaching. His sermon on Sunday focused on all the details that had to come together in order for Christ to be born in the appointed place at the appointed time to the appointed people. Miracles really–every single detail. But there was one thing our pastor said that I have been mulling over and over in my head: God’s will is always accomplished and God is in control of all things. This I’m not so sure about. And for all of you Twila Paris fans, please hear me out.

Every time a human being is murdered – God’s will is not being done. Each time a person chooses to lie – God’s will is not being done. When a woman is raped or a father is killed by a drunken driver – God’s will is not done. When a helpless baby is aborted or a spouse cheats or a man beats his wife or a child is molested – NONE of these are God’s will. In fact, countless times around the world in thousands upon thousands of lives, God’s will is not being […] Continue Reading…

Transgenderism: When Falsehood Looks Like Truth

Posted by admin in June 21st, 2017 | 1 comment 
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Trans·gen·der – /transˈjendər,tranzˈjendər/ adjective: denoting or relating to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond with their birth sex.

I teach semantics. The first three weeks of class we look at definitions and try to answer these questions: How does society determine the meaning of words? How are lexicons formed or developed? This is a big deal, because if speakers of a common language don’t agree on a definition, communication is not only hindered, but it is a bit chaotic. For example, British English refers to the end of a pencil used to wipe out written words as a “rubber.” American English uses the word rubber to mean a condom. That’s a big difference. British English says a person is “pissed” when he/she is drunk; American English uses the word “pissed” to describe someone very, very angry. Again, that’s a big difference.

So, people communicating in the same language must have an agreed upon definition of a term in order for true communication to take place. In my classes these days we have to look at terms that are rapidly changing in society due to use or new concepts—words such as marriage, gender, euthanasia. […] Continue Reading…

Living Right-Side Up in An Upside-Down World

Posted by admin in January 31st, 2017 | 3 comments 
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I just read an essay by Stephen Mattson, “History Will Judge Today’s Christians According to These 4 Questions.” Mattson lists the four questions he decided were the important issues the Church in America is miserably failing to answer. There’s an arrogance in Mr. Mattson’s approach and an assumption that he alone knows what is the high moral ground all Believers should take because of his superior intellect. BTW, he published his essay in Huffington Post – who by their own definition call themselves, “a left-leaning American online news aggregator…” After reading Mattson’s article, I had to ask myself the question, “How did a young Christian man from Moody Bible Institute come to this?”

Some days I feel dizzy. Not from hot flashes or sugar lows, but from some of the things I hear in person and see on social media. Do you ever wonder, “What in the world is going on?!?” How am I supposed to navigate in today’s swampy waters and alligator infested bayous? It’s tough. It’s disheartening. And sometimes it seems impossible.

Recently, I was talking to a family member about our family doctor and I said, “He’s an excellent Catholic…” Someone overhead the comment and yelled at […] Continue Reading…

The Misery of Being Misunderstood

Posted by admin in November 2nd, 2016 | 4 comments 
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The more you try to explain, the worse it gets. Ever been there? The more you try to bridge the gap, the wider the gap becomes. One of my greatest struggles in this world is the angst I get if someone misjudges me. Makes.Me.Crazy. There is a hilarious episode of Everybody Loves Raymond titled “Somebody Hates Raymond.” The entire episode Ray is trying to figure out why this guy hates him so much and how Ray can clear the air and make things right. Doesn’t happen. The writers were able to hit on the average Joe’s struggle with rejection over misunderstanding. “If they only knew my heart!” Or, “If I could just explain, I know I could make him understand.” And the always useful, “If we could just sit down and talk…” But sometimes, for whatever reasons, there will be people in our lives that simply want to keep their negative opinions of us. Why? I have no idea. But it happens and I guess the upside of it all is that it happened to Jesus too…a lot. As Jesus Followers we are called by God to be conformed to the image of Christ and most of the time […] Continue Reading…

Road Signs

Posted by admin in October 6th, 2016 | 7 comments 
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Am I the only person who likes road signs while driving? I like them because they tell me what is ahead and if I need a warning. Caution: curve ahead. Yield: there’s oncoming traffic. Slowdown: school crossing. Love those road signs. Need them.

There are some “road signs” in our Christian walk, but not always and not as many as I would like. In July 2015, Daryl and I moved back to the US after a dreamy and wonderful five-year existence in beautiful Lithuania. Loved my job. Loved my students. Loved my friends. Loved Lithuania. I truly felt God’s good pleasure (in the words of Eric Liddell). But we knew in our last year there that God was calling us back to the US. Promptings. Urgings. And some tangible evidence that we were needed back home. So we packed up our wonderful life in Lithuania and returned to the States with joyful expectations and a plan. Plans are funny. Plans are stupid.

On the night of our arrival back home in Kansas City, all of Daryl’s kids greeted us at the airport and all the grandkids were there too. It was a lovely sight and all felt as it should […] Continue Reading…

Heroes, Transitions, and Faith

Posted by admin in April 20th, 2015 | 4 comments 
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Whenever I write a post for this blog, I always wish that it could be brilliant. I wish I could be a brilliant writer, but I’m not. I have this deep desire to write profound thoughts as well as thought-provoking ideas. I’m that land-locked penguin that wishes she was a swan. But that doesn’t stop me from trying.

Sadly, after five years here in lovely Lithuania, Daryl and I are moving back to the USA. But leaving Lithuania is not the only big change. After nearly 20 years of working with IICS (now called Global Scholars) neither Daryl nor I will be with the organization any longer. Our departure from Lithuania inadvertently becomes our departure from IICS.

Wow. Big change. Big transition.

Here’s a piece I put together for our colleagues and friends. My words, though not eloquent nor terribly weighty, do come from the heart.

Greetings from cloudy and very cold Vilnius! Spring in Lithuania is more of a state of mind than an actual season change. I hope and pray that you are flourishing in your walks with God, your host cultures, your classrooms, and of course your families! All of you—each of you—have been a tremendous […] Continue Reading…

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