I find borders somewhat perplexing constructions.
By this I mean not only the metal and concrete that separates people, but more so the mental constructions of separation.
Before a wall is built someone envisions it in their mind. Their ability to build separation in thought stems from a set of values that assumes that they, and what they have or are, is worth protecting from ‘others’.
This is not a Christian way to think – in my opinion. When I make points such as these, people often argue back that we need such constructions to protect ourselves from others who have ill intent.
When such an argument is presented it displays that their horizon of values is the self and what they own, rather than the other and what they may need. Such arguments (which are pragmatically based on economic or political logic) betray where a person’s primary values lie. They also show a lack of historical consciousness – borders are fickle human constructions. We should never make the mistake of thinking that they have ontological significance. God does not care more for Europeans than Africans, or Mexicans than Americans, or the Israeli than the Palestinian.
I made a little video in which I discussed some of these points from the perspective of a ‘theory of justice’ as proposed by the philosopher John Rawls.
You can watch it here. https://youtu.be/KRzwK4hD31I