In 2018, those who are in favor of law and order in America are called bigots who have no compassion. Millions of aliens have crossed the U.S. border illegally because we, as a country, have failed to effectively secure the southern border. We now have a president who is attempting to stop this lawlessness.
Being called a bigot is not the only accusation being launched at those who think that our country’s immigration laws should be enforced. As a Christian and a firm believer in the Word of God, I find it disappointing when fellow believers say that I am heartless and damaging my witness if I support the rule of law.
What is the “rule of law”? As it stands today, according to 8 U.S. Code 1325 Section A, “Any alien who (1) enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers, or (2) eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers, or (3) attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact, shall, for the first commission of any such offense, be fined under title 18 or imprisoned not more than 6 months, or both, and, for a subsequent commission of any such offense, be fined under title 18, or imprisoned not more than 2 years, or both.”
Clearly, from a legal standpoint, it is impermissible for someone to enter the United States without the proper documentation. If Christians are supposed to obey the government, as Paul in Romans 13 outlines, then how can some criticize those of us who are in favor of upholding and enforcing America’s immigration laws when those laws aren’t in direct contradiction with God’s law?
What does the Bible say about illegal immigration? Joseph Farah of WND.com wrote an in-depth article about how God invented borders and how they serve His purpose. Farah specifically makes the distinction between a “stranger” and “trespasser” and how those who support open borders use Matthew 25, and other books of the Bible, out of context to support their agenda. Ed Vitagliano, Executive Vice President at the American Family Association wrote an article titled, “Matthew 25: Do we go to hell for not feeding the poor?” I would recommend both of these resources that address this issue from a biblical perspective.
How should Christians treat those who are already in our country illegally? With dignity and respect. I recently applauded Pastor Jack Graham and Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, TX because of the work his congregation is doing to minister to illegal immigrants who are being held in Texas. This is a noble thing. It respects the rule of law and shows compassion for those in need. Similar to how other believers participate in prison ministry.
The reality is that in order to have a civilized society, we need law and order. That includes the full enforcement of all relevant laws regarding immigration. American immigration law is simple and fair. Immigrants who follow the rules and wait their turn, should be welcomed with open arms. Immigrants who trespass and cut line should face the consequences.