***Click here to read my original post on Illegal Immigration.***
Mexico is the filthiest country on the planet-and now the people are breeding like cockroaches and sneaking in with the blessing of Bush and the liberals in congress. – A response to this article.
You shall not oppress a sojourner. You know the heart of a sojourner, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt. (Exodus 23:9 ESV)
But if you will not obey the voice of the LORD your God or be careful to do all his commandments and his statutes that I command you today, then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you…The sojourner who is among you shall rise higher and higher above you, and you shall come down lower and lower. (Deuteronomy 28:15, 43 ESV)
I read some stuff today about this movement among some churches to offer sanctuary to illegal immigrants. I found it to be a very noble and honorable thing to do, but, as you can see above, that sentiment is not shared by all. According to another responder to the article I read,
Now we have to put up with churches, of all things, harboring these illegals. It is sad that thier country is so bad that they will do anything to leave, but to use a church as a safe haven??… Now, we have “The Church” to contend with. Where will it end??…Long live America, and, long live “The Church”—but let’s see ’em combined again to the good of the American people–NOT everybody else’s poor and criminals!!!
First observation: The language used in the first response I quoted from is the same kind of language used in the Rwandan genocide. The Hutus would use the word “cockroaches” to describe the Tutsi’s to incite hatred against them. They were also referred to as criminals and were portrayed as inferior people (To read more about this horrendous event in modern history, click here).
Second observation: According to the second response I quoted from, the mentality seems to be that the church in America exists for the benefit only of the American people. Now maybe the person responding is not religious and therefore does not understand what the Bible says that God’s people are called to do. I hope this is the case. If not, someone has some repenting to do and some meditation to do on what God has really called His people to.
I point those things out to say this: We, as a nation, are at a dangerous crossroads. God is not mocked and He will keep His promises. When He commands that justice be shown to the alien, He means it. And when He says that disobedience to this will lead to curses, He means it.
And what curse is threatened for a lack of justice to the alien?
The sojourner who is among you shall rise higher and higher above you, and you shall come down lower and lower. (Deuteronomy 28:43 ESV)
And to make a case that this doesn’t apply to us because it was directed at Israel is bad exegesis. If Scripture is God-breathed, then it carries God’s authority in its words. And God is the supreme authority no matter who you are.
For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. (Deuteronomy 10:17 ESV)
Notice something: Our country is being, in some sense, taken over by these people. The citizens of this nation are being forced lower and lower on the economic ladder as the aliens are rising higher and higher. I don’t say this with prejudice. I say this as objectively as is possible. It is simply what is happening. And it is going to keep happening so long as we keep promoting laws that are oppressive to those who are not citizens.
The only way any of this is going to change is if we start working together as a church and nation to promote justice for those who don’t have it. Obeying the laws of the land doesn’t hold water in light of the fact that our immigration laws are flawed and really are oppressive to the very people who they are directed at.
My wife’s uncle is married to a woman from the Philippines. She just recently received her right to vote after more than 5 years (I think that is what it is that she recently received). Strangely enough, there are people who happen to have crossed the Mexican border who have gotten the right to vote almost immediately upon entering the country. And, as our country accepts immigrants from Mexico with open arms, we are simultaneously turning away people from Africa who are coming here seeking admittance. Our immigration laws are inconsistent, unjust, and oppressive.
God has called us, as His people, to defend the rights of those who have none. When a church offers sanctuary to an illegal immigrant, they are defending that person and therefore doing God’s will. God is not on the side of those who commit oppression. He is on the side of the oppressed. And if we want to do God’s will, then we must be on their side too.
In the case of illegal immigration, I believe firmly that we must be on the side of the immigrants. The criminals, no. But not everyone crossing the border is a criminal. Some are just seeking freedom. We must offer them that. And we must offer it to them in the fullest manner. It is our duty as Christians to offer them freedom in Christ and freedom in the land. It is our duty to help them seek and receive citizenship in both the Kingdom of God and the nation of America. We must offer sanctuary. And we must offer redemption.