Our family is presently on a tour of the east coast, soaking up as much American history as we can. Today’s destination: New York City where we’ll kayak in the Hudson River (one of several free activities in NYC visitors can enjoy), visit the National 9-11 Memorial Museum (one of several Must-See Monuments and Memorials in the area), and ride the Staton Island Ferry for a closer look at the Statue of Liberty (the subject of this week’s free printable coloring page).
This coloring page features the famous last lines from “A New Colossus,” the poem by Emma Lazurus which is engraved on the bronze plaque at its base. Those lines read:
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
It serves to remind us from what vast and varied origins this great melting pot of a country was formed. E pluribus unam. Out of many, one. And it’s why I’m still pro-(legal)immigration today.
In fact, Lazarus’s lines call to mind the words of Jesus:
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:28-29)
Of course, it is possible to be simultaneously pro-immigration and anti-open borders, in the same way it’s possible to enjoy exercising frequent and gracious hospitality while simultaneously investing in a good home security system. We can (and should!) welcome people who wish to enter our country through legal channels, even while barring the way to those who try to sneak in covertly.
I do not think such a position is inconsistent with Christianity. The Bible urges us to be hospitable to strangers (Hebrews 13:2), but also warns us to be watchful for intruders (Luke 12:39) There’s a big difference between invited guests entering your house through the front door and criminals breaking in through a window while you are asleep or away from home.
Even Jesus differentiates between a person who enters through the gate and one who forces his way in another way: “Truly, truly, I tell you, whoever does not enter the sheepfold by the gate, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. But the one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.” (John 10:1-2)
So let’s make it easier for people who want to live and work in America to come here through proper channels and more difficult for people who wish to engage in criminal behavior, create havoc, or do us harm to sneak in illegally.
More to Color:
I hope you enjoy this week’s coloring page. If you like to color, then come back again next Sunday for a new one. To download any of the pages I’ve published in the past, simply follow this link: Free Christian Coloring Pages.
If you’d prefer a bound collection, check out my Color the Word series. I designed these richly detailed, Scripture-based coloring books with grown-ups in mind. But they can be enjoyed by all ages. They’re even available in Spanish!
For those who enjoy journaling as well as coloring, my devotional journals offer the best of both worlds. Now with thirteen titles to choose from. The one in the center of the lineup below, God Bless America, is where today’s coloring page was first published.
Packed with inspiring thoughts from our founding fathers and other great Americans, this particular journal will inspire you to think deeply about what it means to be a citizen of this great country. What is our responsibility to the rest of the world? How do we ensure the guiding principles on which our nation was established are never forgotten? Consider how you feel about these matters and use the space provided to write down your thoughts.
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