Immigration


One of the biggest issues in our country, presently, is the issue of immigration. As Christians, we have an opportunity to lead by example. The question is, which direction shall we go?

The Bible is filled with examples of kindness toward aliens in strange lands. Remember, it says to the Israelites in Leviticus, that you were aliens in Egypt (Leviticus 19:34). We are instructed to show kindness to aliens living among us and treat them as we wish to be treated. Further, it says to leave enough food behind in your crops so that passers-by will find enough to eat (Leviticus 23:22).

However, the Bible tells us that aliens must abide by the same laws as the citizens of the country they enter. A quick search of an online Bible will show numerous passages that reference the treatment of aliens. I use crosswalk.com as my online Bible, but there are several good sources.

The Bible also tells us that we are to abide by the laws given to us by our leaders. Romans 13:1 tells us that we are to submit to the government because the authority to rule comes from God. Sometimes, when looking at the state of politics in the world, it is easy to forget that there is a purpose beyond our own. We shouldn’t assume that “authority to rule” automatically means the person is doing the right thing. There is a lesson to learn from mistakes and bad decisions too.

The issue of immigration puts the Christian in an interesting position. On one hand, we are commanded to obey the laws of our land and on the other, we are told to show compassion to strangers in our homeland. So, if we cannot provide comfort to an alien (read that to mean illegal alien) without breaking the law, then the solution must come from Christians in government.

Perhaps we are to petition our leaders for laws that are compassionate toward the aliens, but sensitive to the needs of those who are here legally. Amnesty is not going to work, and neither is mass deportation. Perhaps church and government can work together to reach the needy in this growing segment of our population.

Perhaps we can develop ministries to teach language skills, courses in citizenship, and reach out to a community that is often in hiding. Let’s not encourage illegal immigration, but let’s assist the government and our communities by helping create legal citizens out of the aliens who are already here. Let’s close our borders, but welcome those at our gates.

Personally, I would like to see our laws respected and obeyed. Our nation is a nation of immigrants and we should welcome legal immigrants with open arms. Illegal immigrants should respect our laws and be punished if they do not. We are to love our neighbor no matter who they are.

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2 thoughts on “Immigration

  1. Consider: The missing element in every human ‘solution’ is an accurate definition of the creature. The way we define ‘human’ determines our view of self, others, relationships, institutions, life, and future. Important? Only the Creator who made us in His own image is qualified to define us accurately. Choose wisely…there are results. Many problems in human experience are the result of false and inaccurate definitions of humankind premised in man-made religions and humanistic philosophies. Each individual human being possesses a unique, highly developed, and sensitive perception of diversity. Thus aware, man is endowed with a natural capability for enact- ing internal mental and external physical selectivity. Quantitative and qualitative choice-making thus lends itself as the superior basis of an active intelligence. Human is earth’s Choicemaker. His title describes his definitive and typifying characteristic. Recall that his other features are but vehicles of experi- ence intent on the development of perceptive awareness and the following acts of decision and choice. Note that the products of man cannot define him for they are the fruit of the discerning choice- making process and include the cognition of self, the utility of experience, the development of value- measuring systems and language, and the accultur- ation of civilization. The arts and the sciences of man, as with his habits, customs, and traditions, are the creative harvest of his perceptive and selective powers. Creativity, the creative process, is a choice-making process. His articles, constructs, and commodities, however marvelous to behold, deserve neither awe nor idol- atry, for man, not his contrivance, is earth’s own highest expression of the creative process. Human is earth’s Choicemaker. The sublime and significant act of choosing is, itself, the Archimedean fulcrum upon which man levers and redirects the forces of cause and effect to an elected level of qual- ity and diversity. Further, it orients him toward a natural environmental opportunity, freedom, and bestows earth’s title, The Choicemaker, on his singular and plural brow. Human is earth’s Choicemaker. Psalm 25:12 He is by nature and nature’s God a creature of Choice – and of Criteria. Psalm 119:30,173 His unique and definitive characteristic is, and of Right ought to be, the natural foundation of his environments, institutions, and re- spectful relations to his fellow-man. Thus, he is orien- ted to a Freedom whose roots are in the Order of the universe. Let us proclaim it. Behold! The Season of Generation-Choicemaker Joel 3:14 KJV – from The HUMAN PARADIGM

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  2. Thank you, and thanks for your service to our country. We are choicemakers, but we also need to make our first choice one of submission to God. A man cannot lead who cannot follow.

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