Nancy Pelosi, US House of Representative for California’s 12th district, took offence at Donald Trump’s remarks regarding MS-13 gang members. After President Trump called them “animals”, Congresswoman Pelosi called them “children of God”.
There is much to be said regarding the spiritual fruit of patience, long-suffering, and endurance. Indeed, God demonstrated these characteristics with ancient Israel, despite the nations repeated acts of willful disobedience. Many spiritual leaders today teach on these character traits that God possesses, but doesn’t God also hate immorality?
Even God has a point at which he gives rebellious people what they want – complete freedom to practice disobedience until it destroys them. Yeshua (Jesus) called out the hypocrisy of the religious leaders of his day, stating:
You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44 NASB).
Yeshua would no doubt defend morality and those who MS-13 have harmed by naming them what they are, children of the devil. He would also expose the hypocrisy of Congressional representatives in the U.S Government, just as John the Baptist did, losing his own head as a result.
Attempting to empathize and apologize for murderers, rapists, and rebels does not address the core problem – that they are void of God and need to repent by following the teaching of Yeshua. It’s often said that the first step to recovery is admitting that the addict has a problem. This must also be true for MS-13 gang members.