Why the “Illegal-Problem” is Wrong on Many Levels

God never wants us to take sides when personalities are involved.  Our decisions, personal and corporate, should reflect either  respect for the law or His grace, never defiance of either. His will, not the will of people or their politicians is the basis for good decisions, and when followed results in good laws and societies. From God’s view, the problem of immigrants has been mishandled not just for 2 weeks, but decades.

How did we mess up so badly? First, we’ve been lazy and disinterested. God expects a free people to vote for leaders who will represent the best management practices that please God whether they are Christians or not.

God expects us also to be watchful over our leaders and pray for them. That means we should pray for them, not curse or pray they get some courage and do the right thing – nor leave office!  Or curse them and their families in restaurants or on twitter, which applies to both sides of the aisle.

Second, God does not honor lawlessness, and neither should the government or any political group. The word illegal means just that.  There are only 2 valid reasons for anyone to enter the USA – legal entry or political asylum.  The former is hard and takes time.  The latter is easy to establish; my friend Karen and her mother and brother worked in the underground in their Latin American nation and all three have a contract on their lives for 20 years – yes even today. They had a provable case and entered quickly.  Every one else without a provable case is a lawbreaker.

The Old Testament urges us to accept refugees, but they must, must obey the law of the land.  They do not need to be Jewish. Even today in Israel Christians are treated well and live happily but they are not allowed to proselytize, just honor the laws of the land.

3rd, to encourage lawbreaking makes you a lawbreaker too.  In the last verse of Romans 1, the person who encourages another to sin is considered the bottom of God’s barrel.  You are free to pray for them and help them with legal entry, or with asylum if they qualify. But any encouragement of lawlessness falls on you too. Politicians who encourage illegals for personal profit have a double burden of guilt and shame.

4th, any toleration of lawlessness degrades America.  Why should newcomers be led to believe that they can disobey the law with impunity? How can your own American children take us seriously if we allow, encourage, even finance illegal behavior? We can’t expect them to be honest when we have demonstrated that we are dishonest.

5th, no one is ever helped in life by believing that if they cry hard enough they will get their own way. Cursing people who disagree with you and slandering them is not American, and the constant barrage of evil speaking needs to get to the Supreme Court.  I am personally sick of news media lying to me and then changing the subject when they are caught.  The nation needs to turn the channel on them from sea to shining sea. And when a Grade B actor slams the president no one should repeat it – it’s only free publicity for a coming movie. Then he gets a separate headline for an “apology.”

Finally, foreign governments learned that there are plenty of greedy politicians who will accept all manner of expensive criminals and disease carrying people if it can line their pockets. Legal immigration monitors such problems.  I am happy to have people come here, but not felons foreign nations dump on us. DACA dreamers account for 59,000 separate crimes in the USA..

When Nehemiah received permission from King Cyrus to rebuild broken down Jerusalem the first thing he did was build a wall. The walls are salvation; the gates are praise.  The church can raise them both.

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