The Bible and Illegal Aliens
It's against the law to come to the
United States, and stay here, without proper documentation. But millions of
people are flouting that law, and it's becoming a huge national issue.
Legally, there are two clear
positions: should the United States continue to allow people from other
countries to come and go across our borders by the millions, because that's
what built our country? Or should we crack down on that, because it's illegal,
brings disease and crime, threatens our security in this age of terrorism, and
creates an enormous tax burden on bona fide citizens?
But that's the legal controversy.
What about the spiritual one?
Is it Christian to believe that
illegal aliens need to be found and deported? Shouldn't a good Christian be
welcoming and tolerant?
Even if most of the illegal aliens
are of the Christian faith, that doesn't necessarily mean they should be
embraced without going through proper channels of obtaining citizenship. In
fact, the Bible appears to warn against the practice of open-door acceptance of
"strangers" who rebel against your country's rules for lawful assimilation.
Radio evangelist Chuck Baldwin (www.chuckbaldwinlive.com) connects
the following Bible verses to the issue of illegal aliens. Consider these
quotations from him:
-- "The prophet Nahum warned Israel
that their stubbornness and disobedience to God was evidenced by the fact that
'the gates (borders, ports, entry ways) of thy land shall be set wide open
unto thine enemies: the fire shall devour thy bars.' (Nahum 3:13) In
this passage, the prophet made it clear that open gates or borders, which
allow enemies easy access to a nation, constitute an imminent threat to
-- "Moses told the children of
Israel in very clear and concise language, 'Thou shalt not remove thy
neighbor's landmark.' (Deut. 19:14) 'Landmark' refers to territory,
boundary, or border. Moses further declared, 'Cursed be he that removeth
his neighbor's landmark.'" (Deut. 27:17)
-- "National borders or
boundaries are extremely important to the security and survival of any nation!
In fact, the Bible promotes nationhood and condemns internationalism! To the
Old Testament nation of Israel, Moses said, 'When the Most High divided to the
nations their inheritance, when he
separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people.'" (Deut.
-- "That God has separated
nations and expects them to function independently of other nations is also
seen in the New Testament. Read the inspired author, Dr. Luke: 'And hath made
of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and
hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds (boundaries,
borders) of their habitation.'" (Acts 17:26)
-- "Certainly, God instructed
His people to be compassionate to 'strangers.' (See Deut. 10:19; Exod. 22:21.)
And no nation has been more compassionate, more understanding, and more
tolerant of 'strangers' (i.e. non-citizens) than the United States of America!"
But that doesn't mean we
should look the other way if they are breaking our immigration laws. But they
sure are. According to Baldwin, more than 20 million illegal aliens live in the
United States, and The Center for Immigration Studies says three-fourths of all
U.S. population growth stems from (mostly) illegal immigration.
According to the Bureau of
Justice, 29% of all federal inmates are illegal aliens. And according to
statistics provided by the House of Representatives, illegal aliens cost state
and local governments more than $13 billion per year.
By Susan Darst Williams • www.GoBigEd.com • Heart Lessons 017
• © 2006