Separation of Illegal Alien Families: What Jeff Sessions Quoted from the Bible

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The lamestream media no longer hides their anti-American machinations. They routinely slander the President and his executive team, specifically for enforcing the United States’ immigration laws, something which the previous president refused to do.

The coverage in the printed press and on TV showcases the plights of the poor illegal alien families, refugees who are fleeing their home countries seeking a better life.

Now they have gone full SJW, slamming Trump and his leadership for separating illegal alien children from their parents.

Rebuffing this insensate criticism from the media, Sessions quoted the Bible:

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Persons who violate the law of our nation are subject to prosecution … I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes. Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves … and protect the weak and it protects the lawful.

Specifically, Sessions is quoting Romans 13:1: “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”

Notice that Sessions referenced “orderly and lawful processes” and to “protect the weak and the lawful.” Why would anyone criticize these goals? If United States citizens go to jail for committing crimes, the children don’t join them. Why should it be any different with illegals and their children?

Of course, the anti-Christian bias spilled over in subsequent reports about Sessions’ Bible reference. The snide inferences in a Washington Post commentary took the same tired, extreme, racist argument:

“Sessions says the Bible justifies separating immigrant families. The verses he cited are infamous.”

Can you feel the clickbait already? What infamy does the commentator refer to?

“When British subjects in the original 13 colonies started rolling up their sleeves for the fight for independence in the 1770s, loyalist preachers hammered on a particular Bible verse from their pulpits.

“When Southern preachers blasted Northern abolitionists for defying the Fugitive Slave Act in the decade leading to the Civil War, they cited the same lines.”

Such flagrantly misleading headlines shouldn’t be in print. In the two contexts referenced above, the political interests favoring the British Empire and the “peculiar institution” misused that verse to demand allegiance to unjust, ungodly government policies.

Let’s take on the misuse of God’s Word first, then let’s focus on Sessions’ proper application of Romans 13:1.

For starters, God intends for every person to live freely within Him. Jesus came to set us all free from the bondage of sin, for example:

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.” (Isaiah 61:1)

During His earthly ministry, Jesus—The Way, the Truth, and the Life—told the Israelites:

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)

Paul the Apostle defines the Holy Spirit in line with freedom, too:

“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” (2 Corinthians 3:17)

God did not intend for rulers to tyrannize their people, for all power does indeed come from God, as Paul wrote in Romans 13:1. In fact, Jesus’ heart is that we would have His abundant life (John 10:10), and the Apostle John voiced God’s desire that we prosper inside and outside (3 John 2). Tyranny and repression are incompatible with God’s will.

During the American Revolution, the British government had no right to deny the rights of Englishmen in one part of the world while recognizing the rights of Englishmen in the home country. The American colonists asserted their Biblical authority to form their own government. Our rights come from God, as affirmed in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.”  Those words are revolutionary now as they were when Thomas Jefferson penned them in 1776.

As for slaveholders in the Ante-Bellum United States, no passage justifies enslaving another man because of his skin color. Paul the Apostle recognized that master-slave relationships in Rome, but he told masters to respect their slaves:

“And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.” (Ephesians 6:9)

He even exhorted a slave master (Philemon) to treat a slave (Onesimus) as a brother in Christ. Paul had met Onesimus in prison, shared the Gospel with him, and the slave believed in Jesus Christ.

Paul then sent the slave back to Philemon with these instructions:

“For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever; Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?” (Philemon 15,16)

Now let us consider Sessions’ use of Romans 13:1. In a constitutional republic, leaders receive their power from “We the People.” They draft laws and outline legal processes for all matters, including detainment of illegal aliens. If the people do not like these actions, they can petition for a redress of grievances or change their leaders. Furthermore, these laws are being applied equitably. Trump’s executive team have provided food and housing for the illegal minors.  If the families don’t want to be separated, they should not break the law.

Sessions did not undermine the spirit or letter of God’s Word. The press is just hyperventilating (again) in another desperate bid to smear and undermine the President and his righteous enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws. If the press wants to uphold Biblical principles, they should stop lying, distorting people’s comments and misleading the public.

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Arthur Schaper
Arthur Schaper is a blogger, writer, and commentator on topics both timeless and timely; political, cultural, and eternal. A life-long Southern California resident, Arthur currently lives in Torrance. Follow his blogs at The State of the Union and As He Is, So Are We Ministries.

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