Should Christians Oppose Amnesty?
A report in the Washington Post revealed that illegal aliens in the United States cost the Federal Government more than $10 billion a year and that amount would almost triple if they were given amnesty. But worse than the financial burden is the terrorist danger from illegal immigrants as reported Dec. 18 in news articles stating that federal officials don’t know where immigrants are after their visas were revoked over terror threats! Moreover, the DHS admitted on Jan. 20 of 2016 that about 500,000 aliens overstayed their visas last year and are living illegally in the U.S.! Michele Bond, assistant secretary for the Bureau of Consular Affairs admitted that U.S. authorities did not know the location of 9,500 of 122,000 who were revoked! That is dumb, dangerous and deadly! We should not be talking about amnesty but accountability.
Amnesty is a program pushed by pathetic progressives and loosey-goosey Evangelicals to legalize millions of illegal aliens giving them citizenship. Many of the migrants are diseased, deranged, and dangerous proved by 10,000 Americans being killed each year by immigrants. With the arrival of this vast number of people from other cultures, languages, and religions we are seeing a massive shift in American culture not seen in our history. Not only is amnesty dumb, dangerous, and deadly; it is divisive. Just watch the rest of this year.
My critics declare that I am unkind, unreasonable, even unchristian for opposing amnesty, open borders, and sanctuary cities; however, their charge is not based on solid reasoning or the Scripture. They twist the Scripture like a pretzel to make it fit their unreasonable, unconstitutional, and unbiblical demands.
We are told that the illegal immigrants are trying to escape tyranny and poverty so America should make room for them since we are a Christian nation. Well, first of all, only people can become Christians although a nation can become Christianized or influenced by the Bible. Secondly, almost all my critics and supporters of amnesty and unlimited immigration confuse what a person should do with what a nation should do.
All people who interpret ancient literature know that the first questions asked is, “To whom was this written?”; “Who wrote it?”; “Under what circumstances was it written?”; and “When was it written?” Evangelicals are not asking those questions because to do so would defeat their purpose.
Exodus 23:9 is usually used by the Bible-twisters to support their cause of amnesty; however they use a flawed hermeneutic to build their tenuous case. “Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.” That chapter is dealing with a person’s obligation to be gracious–not national guidelines for treatment of immigrants. Of course, those religious leaders who use that verse know what they are doing but are being dishonest to give credibility to a very shaky principle.
Verse 3 proves my contention about this being a personal obligation not a national policy. That verse warns the ancient Jews (and us today) that “Neither shalt thou countenance (give approval) a poor man in his cause.” Moses was warning us about showing favor to a person because of his condition, whether rich or poor. We are not to be swayed by our emotions but by justice. The ancient maxim is, “Let justice be done, though the heavens should be dissolved.” I heard one of the great evangelists of the last generation say, “Do right though the stars fall from Heaven.”
Illegal immigrants have not done right. They resolutely broke our laws and crashed our gates and are forcing themselves in front of others who have followed our laws and procedures. There are four million people who are waiting in line legally. The illegal aliens refuse to wait.
Jim Wallis is president of Sojourners, (a leftwing religious/social outfit) and said that “Evangelicals finally realize that how we treat the stranger, these 11 million undocumented people, is how we treat Christ himself.” Jim must have been sleeping during his hermeneutics class in seminary because he did not get that from the Bible. Of course, Christians are to be kind, gracious, generous, and helpful, but that does not translate into being suckers, softies, and sentimentalists. We could really show how kind, gracious, generous, and helpful we are as well as stupid by emptying all our prisons! And the most hard core prisoners could move into Jim’s neighborhood.
Wallis went on to say that the leadership of the Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT), which includes the National Association of Evangelicals and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Convention of the Southern Baptist Convention, has “never been more united on an issue.” However, that is a little misleading. Of course, the feeble evangelical leaders are singing from the same page but the evangelical congregation is singing another song. The vast majority of evangelical church members want illegal immigrants to go home. A 2014 Pulse Opinion poll revealed that 78 percent of Evangelicals surveyed believed that the biblical command to “love the stranger” means “to treat the stranger humanely while applying the rule of law.”
The pro-amnesty preachers tell us that all people should be treated with dignity but you can deport someone and still show him or her some dignity. New plan: Deport with Dignity! Amnesty has nothing to do with personal dignity. Evangelical leaders would be wiser to listen to their members rather than rushing to the cameras trying to speak for them.
As for helping the poor and evangelizing them why can’t that be done in their home nations? After amnesty happens the wall will not be built and controls will be even looser. Then it will be too late. We are told that amnesty and even more immigration would be an incredible opportunity to win people to Christ without sending missionaries. However, Christ said to go into all the world and win them, not have some government send them to you thereby destroying your own nation in doing so.
Leviticus 19:33 is also used wrongly: “And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him.” Again, the preceding verses prove that God was giving instructions for personal conduct by warning them not to consume blood; not to get tattoos or pierce their flesh; not to prostitute their daughters; keep the Sabbath days; not to be involved with sorcery and fortune telling, etc. Then He warned them not to vex a stranger living among them. In fact Moses went on to say that “thou shalt love him as thyself.”
Jews were to be kind to strangers because it is the right thing to do and it would be good for the strangers and good for the nation. Many visiting strangers came to visit Israel, were impressed by the faith, freedom, and fairness and converted to Judaism. New Testament Christians are commanded by Christ to treat others the way they want to be treated.
Exodus 23:9 tells us, “Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.” But that has nothing to do with illegal aliens. Fuzzy-thinking preachers neglect to tell their congregations that the Jews were in Egypt by invitation and were not trespassers. In fact, they were special guests as long as Joseph was alive and a friendly Pharaoh reigned. They had not entered the land illegally as do modern invaders. The Jews were strangers in Egypt but not illegal aliens.
These verses do not apply to the immigration issue even slightly. Illegal aliens purposefully chose to break our laws, even arrogantly demanding entrance into our nation expecting to be cared for upon their arrival. They are not sojourners or strangers but scoundrels (with a few innocent women and children) and are being encouraged to break our laws by many leftwing religious groups, even some Evangelicals.
The international money speculator George Soros is sugar daddy to the EIT, a leftist group of Christian leaders that never saw a socialist scheme they didn’t like. Soros’ agenda, in addition to making money, is to promote every leftwing program especially transplanting Muslims into Europe and America. He is funding various religious non-profits to accomplish that task. According to National Review, EIT gets a substantial portion of its funding from groups backed by George Soros.
In early December, the EIT asked Congress to authorize more Syrians to be brought into the U.S. and evangelical leaders stood up and yelled, “Bring them on, even more to our shores.” On Dec. 16, 2015, Fox News reported that since 2012, Obama has brought 102,000 Syrians into the U.S. and given them permanent residency! And you thought it was only 10,000!
Amnesty, open borders, and sanctuary cities are destructive, dangerous, even deadly. It is time for Congress to put on their big-boy pants and stop Obama’s “Get Out of Jail Card” and his “Pass Go, Collect Welfare” schemes.
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