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'F' as in Frank

Christmas in April, and a note on what Jesus did

It's nearly eight months before Christmas 2006, but tomorrow, Thursday, April 20, there will be an organizational meeting for those interested in forming a community Christmas choir.

Whether you have a song in your heart, or are musically-challenged like me, meet us at 6 p.m. in the Sunnyside Library meeting room. And remember, it's just the first meeting for this work in progress.

Okay, moving on to the rest of my column, I've given some thought to the query posted last week on what Jesus would do regarding the debate over illegal immigration.

I've seen that same Jesus/immigration argument posed by another columnist elsewhere, and my feeling then and now is that it accomplishes no more than asking what would Buddha or Abraham Lincoln do.

Honestly, I don't know what Jesus would do over the millions who have illegally immigrated to this country. Certainly, castigating Christians accomplishes nothing.

I do know what Jesus did and said, however, and that's where I try to put my hope.

I know He was moved with compassion in healing the sick and forgiving sinners. He still is, and does.

Jesus experienced sorrow and tears and forgave those who tormented him.

But He was and is no softy of a Savior.

This was the same Jesus who physically threw people out of the temple because they were turning God's house into a "den of thieves."

He said He is the way, the truth and the life. That no one goes to God but through Him. That doesn't sound like a wishy-washy Jesus, to me.

He told His followers to pay taxes to Caesar, even though the Roman government was occupying Jerusalem by force at the time.

Yes, Jesus relaxed some of the Mosaic laws, such as an eye for an eye, and told His followers to "turn the other cheek" if they were struck.

But He also holds us to a tougher requirement.

"Do not murder" became "anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment," according to Jesus.

Likewise, "do not commit adultery" became "anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart."

So how was it Jesus could change the rules?

Because of what He did.

Because He died on the cross-the perfect sacrifice-for sinners past, present and future. For you and me.

Because He rose three days later, offering us eternal life and a love relationship with Him through obedience to what He said and did.

This is, admittedly, a brief accounting of what Jesus said and did.

But it seemed appropriate, given the question of what Jesus would do.

It seems to me, anyway, that if we bring Jesus into a political discussion of what He would do, we should at least make an effort to find out what He has done, and said.

After all, how would you feel if someone invoked your name and reputation to prove an argument without getting better acquainted with you?

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