|Some evangelical institutions are now using liberal arguments in support of criminal-illegal infiltrators, who are better known as "illegal aliens." This grieves me that evangelicals are misusing, twisting, and distorting the Bible in their support of being pro-criminal. While admitting that some laws are being broken, some conservatives admit "We must never deny that illegal immigrants are breaking the law. Yet these immigrants' law-breaking is no reason for the church to remain uninvolved in North America's largest mission field today. We have an opportunity to give the illegals the gospel!"|
If the issue was bank robbing would we argue the same way? Or, would we say the bank robbers must also stop robbing banks, before we then gave them the gospel? And, since they are bank robbers we don't want them in our country—they must be sent back home!
Some may retort, but being a criminal who ignores our laws and "breaks" into our country illegally is not the same as bank robbing! We forget that all of the illegals are violating our rules, they violate our tax codes, do not pay taxes themselves, use our medical and school systems, and have the advantages of our country without participating in a legal way! They fail to get legal SS cards, legal drivers' licenses, and they sign up for credit cards and free food stamps without proper identification. We the citizens pay for their free ride! And besides, every day and night they know they are violating our laws without submitting to our social and national requirements for citizenship.
I am amazed that Christians can wink and condone, or have sympathy for such actions. I call this "Sympathetic Humanism." We weep over the law-breakers! Some evangelicals (turned liberal) argue: "Many churches want to do something, but they wonder what they can do." We know what we must do: stand behind our laws and stop admitting the law-breakers into our country!
One evangelical leader wrote: "Matthew 25:31-4 suggests that to mistreat the 'alien' is to mistreat Christ." I spent thirty minutes looking at that great messianic passage, and for the life of me, I could not understand his argument from these verses of prophetic Scripture! I really must be dumb.
Then, they use Leviticus 19:33-34 where Israel was told not to mistreat the "stranger" in your land, remembering that you once were enslaved in Egypt. In biblical days there were no sovereign border laws that were used to control citizenship, as we do today. That was then, this is now! Plus, the issue was mistreatment. But too, when Israel entered Canaan there were almost a dozen small nations that controlled the land with kings ruling over each pagan tribe and in different territories. God had given the entire land to Israel. The issues then are entirely different than what we are faced with today.
After our Civil War, America got serious about the flood of immigrants coming to America. This is what Ellis Island was all about. People coming to America had to have sponsorship, have some money with them, had to have a job committed and waiting for them, have a place to stay, and had to be healthy. They were required to take American history studies and English courses as well. If some of these things were not in order, they were sent back home from where they came. Almost all were coming from Europe which held the country in strong Reformation, European thinking. Quotas kept the nation moving in one direction.
The Christian today has the responsibility to uphold all the laws of the land. We cannot bring everyone in who wishes to come here. We will destroy our national sovereignty and purpose. We do not say: "Come on into our nation illegally, but oh by the way, here's a gospel tract that tells you that Christ died for your sins (and died also for your law-breaking)! Enjoy!" – Dr. Mal Couch (May., 10)