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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

What God says about Immigration

Is this an invasion of the U.S.?

Leviticus 18:26

Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you:

Leviticus 24:22

Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own country: for I am the Lord your God.

The Bible has a lot to say about immigration. Immigrants or illegal immigrants, are identified in the Scriptures as strangers, foreigners, resident aliens, wanderers, sojourners, or even immigrants in one version.

What I want to talk a little about in this article is how the laws are to be enforced on everyone residing within national boundaries and jurisdiction - whether they're nationals or foreigners, as the verses above confirm.

If this were enforced in the nations, including the U.S., a lot of the problems associated with migration and close proximity being forced on various people groups with completely different world views, and thus laws, would be significantly reduced.

What we must learn is the law of the land equals culture. If a foreign culture invades in large numbers via migration, the values and laws of those people take precedence in their minds and way of life, and they put enormous pressure on the native population that adhere to a specific set of laws that have guided their lives.

Those existing laws come forth from who the people are and by extension what they believe, and so should be identified as the culture of the land. We as Christians need to look to the entire Bible for our laws to be modeled on, and build civilization based upon that.

In the U.S. that is how we built our country, albeit in only a partial adherence to the law of God revealed in the scriptures. We must once again search out the Bible diligently to once again put those laws into effect, while finding out which laws no longer apply. We also need to do the same with the penalty portion of the laws in a post-Resurrection world.

As we stand in the U.S. now, anyone abiding within our national borders must obey all the law, and be arrested and punished accordingly. That also includes the immigration laws, which are almost entirely ignored. Illegal entry into our country in the numbers we're seeing is nothing short of an invasion. The fact that it's already being done in a lawless manner speaks to the character of many of the people coming here.

According to the Bible, we aren't to oppress foreigners within our borders, but we surely must require them to obey the existing laws as all real American citizens are required to do. Oppressing them would be to treat them in a way outside of the law. Sending them back to where they came from isn't oppression, it's enforcing the laws we already have.

Again, as God reveals to us, the laws of the nation apply to all people equally - whether they're citizens of the nation or not. These laws should be based upon the Bible.

This is what makes up the culture of a nation, and when a people come into a land and don't obey the laws, including illegal entry, they are setting up the nation for a war, as differing world views and approach to laws means the way people live and treat one another is totally different. That means violence will escalate, and identity politics and tribalism will increase.

All of this will happen because we as a nation have refused to enforce immigration laws, which has brought a significant number of evil and lawless people into the country. They aren't of the American culture, and they don't have any interest in assimilating. Since our laws in general have at least been loosely based upon the laws of God revealed in the Bible (until recently at least), it means our culture has been over-run by those that have no interest in obeying our laws.

Yet according to God, that is a requirement of all people dwelling within the borders of any nation, and that means a lot of tension and escalating violence because of various world views and lifestyles that don't mesh in any way.

This is another reason we need to seek the scriptures for answers to today's challenges.

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