The Train Known As "The Beast"

What happened? The mainstream media reporting about the influx of illegal immigrants suddenly died down. After many people started saying something about the government not doing anything to protect this country against possible crossing of unwanted terrorists through those porous borders.

My heart was hungry for answers.

“Why now? Why this uncontrollable number of illegal entry? Just like that? And now, with young kids?”

And with the president not coming up with the solutions nor the other politicians trusted by the public to what they should be doing, I wanted to know about the other side of the story.. Even a little bit. For one side always sounded true not until one heard both sides...

“What was going on from the other side, the southern part, that everybody was coming in throngs, risking their lives?”

Worst…risking their own children.

I watched many tapes recorded with the struggles of illegal immigrants. I saw one report from a French media, interviewing the illegals trying to ride on the train. The train they called “La Bestia.” Yes…

“The Beast” in English…
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But I hardly saw any young child from those trekkers. Most of them were adults. Male. Some adult women. All with the determination to go northbound knowing USA offered a better life and better jobs. They were not escaping from violence. It was somewhere along their trek that corrupt police and other politicians, paired with the smugglers and drug dealers, was where that violence occurred. Some kidnapped and abused. Some killed. Another thing that fuels their desire to ride on that train is the false hope they heard. That America will not deport anyone once they are able to reach that side.

One in particular commented that he was in the USA before. Only to be convicted for use of illegal drugs and then deported back to his country after serving some time. 

“I’m gonna’ do it again,” he said.

“This time I’ll try to make it better.”

“ I don’t think I’m robbing the Americans of their jobs,” he added, smiling sheepishly.

There are so many of those videos. But I never saw any children fleeing from violence. More likely, it is their parents’ dream, just like everyone else’s dream, to have a better life in USA that they ended up being tagged along. 

But…Who doesn’t want a better life?”

Except…in the way they do it, they are breaking the laws. It’s not all their fault. It’s the USA’s too. As it is lax in doing something to protect its border and instead, the president and the others want to make it as a political issue. 

We can all go “finger pointing”…We can all scream at each other’s face, stressing our own points of views regarding this problem. 

But their problem from the southern part has been going on for decades… 

It isn't about the children. For not only children, but anyone who comes here are getting help right away and that is a fact. There is nothing wrong with that and much more, to help out those who are truly fleeing either from political or religious violence and other threats where they are incapable of living in their homes anymore is just the right thing to do. In the eyes of God.

But some who successfully made that illegal entry are breaking in…Stealing…Murdering… Not all of them come with good intentions… The porous border is an easy, open gateway to terrorists and others determined to destroy this great country. And if some Americans choose to fight as this problem escalated and the trusted politicians are not doing anything, I think their voice should be heard, too. Because we are facing the same violence now from what they are claiming.

Day to day since we had that significant protest from people of Murrieta from different walks of life, from different nationalities, from different faith and made their small voice heard from different parts of this nation, though depicted as cruel to children and not true Christians all over USA, I want to remain to hear and see both sides in order for me to discern the truth.

In doing so, I know deep in my heart, there is this ultimate truth

That we are all hungry to travel northbound (going to heaven)…We just differ in choosing the route to get there. And it’s sad, to see many perish if they choose to ride on “The Beast” for along with it comes deception… False hope.Lies. Even mimicking God’s light… There is only ‘One Way, Truth, and Life’…

“I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber! 2 But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.” – John 10:1-3 (NLT)

Wake Up And Smell The Coffee!

I don’t trust the mainstream media. For quite a while. Knowing that their report only benefits one side. The news is always about good things. I know that’s not real. Knowing that many problems and instabilities keep occurring here in the U.S.A. and all over the world. Either the degree of occurrences is lessened or  the government chooses to ignore the problems. It’s rarely noted that there is a filter in the news that goes on which the majority of the public sees and hears. 

The other day, my eyes started feeling droopy in the middle of the day while watching t.v. and as president Obama walked out to the lawn in the White House, toward the waiting media and a live microphone. He began by condemning Russia about the violation of a treaty that the former President Reagan and Soviet Secretary Michael Gorbachev had signed in 1987 (The treaty was about lessening both super powers’ use of shorter and intermediate range missiles).

The coveted invitation from a late afternoon’s nap seemed to paralyze my body.  And in that state, the president’s speech reached my auditory senses in a blur. As my mind wandered at the same time…

I remember reading long time ago. In fact, back in 2008. President Obama and his staff already knew about the possibility of Russia violating the said treaty. But he chose to keep mum anyway…

Of all the turmoils. Of all the conflicts going on here and abroad… Of all the silence and lack of actions…

“Why is he condemning just now?” I thought…

The continuous glow from the television set prevented me from completely falling into a deep sleep. As my mind kept shifting from many dreams America has. Dreams pursued by its people.  Dreams that other people from other countries also wanted.  The top on the list: Freedom.

We all have dreams…Dreams that people from all walks of life help shape. Starting from the government down to each and every one of us. But I’m tired of all the useless dreams being shared to our nation as a whole. I’m tired of all twisted histories to support their dreams’ cause. I’m tired of seeing…of hearing dreams that side with evil instead of good…

Suddenly, my right leg fell from the couch where I was comfortably resting… I slowly got up and decided to brew a cup of coffee. Various commercials kept being aired from the t.v. The president’s speech was over and I didn’t even have a clue of its entirety…

The aroma of the freshly-brewed cup was yelling, summoning me, as one expression started dancing in my mind…
“Wake up and smell the coffee!!!”

I inhaled the caffeinated odor from my white cup. Drawing the cup closer to my lips and with care, I took a small sip of the hot beverage, I became fully awake. Sometimes, that was the only thing that a person needed…

To wake up and smell the coffee…

To face reality first instead of pursuing dreams. After all, dreams sometimes can be vain and be full of false hope. Dreams can be lies masked in truth. Dreams can simply be not easily understood. Sadly, dreams also fade. Dreams don’t solve anything if real situations are not realized or ignored.

For the open borders are truly our major crises. The Israel-Hamas conflict has been going on but who is the real terrorist? No... U.S.A. doesn’t need to look far. For real, major problems here inside abound. The vets are not getting the deserved help they need for their health and financial woes. Many of them died waiting for treatments. The citizens and legal residents are not getting any breather for their taxes that don’t go down. The crash of housing market continues as many ended up losing their homes. Schools are being closed. Many lost jobs. Where can the people go to vent out their frustrations and their needs when the president, the Congress and other serving public officials always turn their heads away from real issues and keep on fighting amongst each other? But they are not fighting for the cause of America and its people. They are fighting against each other’s selfish ambitions or dreams. And the reality is that…they keep on spending when this country has been broke! The nation’s debt growing each second by thousands of dollars…

May these real circumstances surrounding each one of us serve as our own  wake-upcalls!For no new dream can ever fix what has already become America’s nightmares!
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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]

Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.

Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.

All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.

When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.

The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.

When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himself and ended up injuring his attacker severely.

[Source: NLT Bible ]:

We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.

“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14

Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].

Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.

Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.

Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].