Illegals Welcomed by Evangelicals
Don Boys, Ph.D is an independent Baptist evangelist who spent 30 years as an evangelist, Administrator of the Baptist Academy, author, and member of the Indiana House of Representatives. He has some very specific views about fellow evangelicals who are being seduced by the call for more acceptance and even amnesty for immigrants here in our country illegally.
We are told that the illegal immigrants are trying to escape tyranny and poverty so America should make room for them since we are a Christian nation. Well, first of all, only people can become Christians although a nation can become Christianized or influenced by the Bible.
Secondly, almost all my critics and supporters of amnesty and unlimited immigration confuse what a person should do with what a nation should do.
Exodus 23:9 is usually used by the Bible-twisters to support their cause of amnesty; however they use a flawed hermeneutic to build their tenuous case. “Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.” That chapter is dealing with a person’s obligation to be gracious–not national guidelines for treatment of immigrants. Of course, those religious leaders who use that verse know what they are doing but are being dishonest to give credibility to a very shaky principle.
Illegal immigrants have not done right. They resolutely broke our laws and crashed our gates and are forcing themselves in front of others who have followed our laws and procedures. There are four million people who are waiting in line legally. The illegal aliens refuse to wait.
Jim Wallis is president of Sojourners, (a leftwing religious/social outfit) and said that “Evangelicals finally realize that how we treat the stranger, these 11 million undocumented people, is how we treat Christ himself.” Jim must have been sleeping during his hermeneutics class in seminary because he did not get that from the Bible. Of course, Christians are to be kind, gracious, generous, and helpful, but that does not translate into being suckers, softies, and sentimentalists. We could really show how kind, gracious, generous, and helpful we are as well as stupid by emptying all our prisons! And the most hard core prisoners could move into Jim’s neighborhood.
Wallis went on to say that the leadership of the Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT), which includes the National Association of Evangelicals and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Convention of the Southern Baptist Convention, has “never been more united on an issue.” However, that is a little misleading. Of course, the feeble evangelical leaders are singing from the same page but the evangelical congregation is singing another song. The vast majority of evangelical church members want illegal immigrants to go home. A 2014 Pulse Opinion poll revealed that 78 percent of Evangelicals surveyed believed that the biblical command to “love the stranger” means “to treat the stranger humanely while applying the rule of law.”
Illegal aliens purposefully chose to break our laws, even arrogantly demanding entrance into our nation expecting to be cared for upon their arrival. They are not sojourners or strangers but scoundrels (with a few innocent women and children) and are being encouraged to break our laws by many leftwing religious groups, even some Evangelicals.
The international money speculator George Soros is sugar daddy to the EIT, a leftist group of Christian leaders that never saw a socialist scheme they didn’t like. Soros’ agenda, in addition to making money, is to promote every leftwing program especially transplanting Muslims into Europe and America. He is funding various religious non-profits to accomplish that task. According to National Review, EIT gets a substantial portion of its funding from groups backed by George Soros.
In early December, the EIT asked Congress to authorize more Syrians to be brought into the U.S. and evangelical leaders stood up and yelled, “Bring them on, even more to our shores.” On Dec. 16, 2015, Fox News reported that since 2012, Obama has brought 102,000 Syrians into the U.S. and given them permanent residency! And you thought it was only 10,000!
Amnesty, open borders, and sanctuary cities are destructive, dangerous, even deadly. It is time for Congress to put on their big-boy pants and stop Obama’s “Get Out of Jail Card” and his “Pass Go, Collect Welfare” schemes.
Dr. Boys is right on, and compassionate Christians should recognize that the proponents for open borders and giving amnesty to those who illegally enter our country should stop being manipulated and recognize that they are being played and the scriptures being twisted for political purposes. It is time to wake up and smell the chili beans.