Thoughts on Jesus, the Law, immigration, and love.

There is an incredibly stupid argument coming from the political Right that needs to be squashed now. If you use this argument, stop spewing non-sense and think about this for a second.

I’ve had this argument with several people, and now I’ve heard it on the news. A woman at a border protest screamed on camera, “Jesus would not break the law!”

Apparently there’s quite a few people who don’t know their Gospels very well. Jesus was a rebel (defined as “a person who rises in opposition … against an established government or ruler”). Now, let’s don’t be confused, Jesus did NOT break Old Testament laws, He broke the law of the rulers of His time (the Pharisees); that’s the difference. He broke the law of the land, man’s law, not God’s.

The reason that is an important distinction is because immigration law is man’s law, not God’s. Peter and the other apostles said in Acts 5:29, “We ought to obey God rather than men.” Context is important here though, at the time Christians were being persecuted for spreading the Gospel; it was man’s law against God’s.

I believe the same is true for the immigration debate.

Leviticus 19:33-34 And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him. But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

God speaks repeatedly of His special concern for aliens, who are linked with other vulnerable groups such as orphans and widows (Ps. 146:9; Dt. 10:18; Ezek. 22:7; Zech. 7:10).

That love goes beyond a general sentiment to legislation, which God included in the law He gave to the Israelites, mandating rules for the harvesting and gleaning of crops and for tithing that were intended to provide for the needs of immigrants (Dt. 14:28-29, 24:19-21).

If you call yourself a Christian and you’re anti-immigrant and you want those poor children shipped backed to the poverty stricken hell-hole they came from, maybe it is time for some knee-ology, a one on one with Jesus. Time to get your love back.

Matthew 25:31-46 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

I’ll leave you with one last scripture to ponder upon, Hebrews 13:2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

Dynamic DNS with iwantmyname

I was looking for a way to dynamically update my DNS settings for a domain I had hosted at iwantmyname.com. Thankfully they had already created a backend for this to be easily done (see Care For Dynamic DNS (DDNS) Updates? for more information).

Next, I wanted a script to run daily in the background that would check my external IP Address and compare it to what iwantmyname’s nameserver already had listed. If they were different, update the hostname, if not, ignore and move on.

Why reinvent the wheel if someone else has already created it? Thankfully, Phil at OneManArmy had already written a Bash script that I was able to adapt to my needs.

So if you’re looking for something to update a hostname and your domain is hosted with iwantmyname, here’s the script I’m using:

#!/bin/bash
#
# DynDNS for iwantmyname
# including check between external IP and existing DNS entries in the internet 
# 

# Domain parameters
HN="" #hostname
UN="" #username
PW="" #password

# get external IP
GETEXTIP=$(curl ipecho.net/plain ; echo | awk '{print $6}' | cut -f 1 -d "<")

# get external IP from DNS
GETDNSIP=$(dig +short $HN @ns1.iwantmyname.net)

# DEBUG COMMANDS
#echo "EXT: "$GETEXTIP
#echo "DNS: "$GETDNSIP

# Update DNS entry
if [ "$GETDNSIP" != "$GETEXTIP" ]; then
curl -0 --silent -u "$UN:$PW" "https://iwantmyname.com/basicauth/ddns?hostname=$HN > /dev/null
fi

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.

– Mark Twain

It’s easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top.

– Henry Ward Beecher

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.

РDenis Waitley  (via selenemooneffe)

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.

– Edith Lovejoy Pierce

If good things lasted forever, would we appreciate how precious they are?

– Bill Watterson