Last week I called the Left’s rage over the US policy of separating illegal minors from parents, “manufactured liberal disgust”, which is what it was. Dem Party faithful, sincerely deluded Christians, “the Usual Suspects” of Soros/Bloomberg-paid Resistors, and the whining Hollywood hypocrites all tearfully joined the cued, keening, outrage. This week we’re treated to the ignorant, anarchist types trying to “Occupy ICE”. In on-the-street-news interviews these hysterics proclaim that they want no borders at all. However, I bet they lock their doors at night.
You know how to spot a politically motivated hypocrite? Look for anyone who calls himself a Christian, yet says, “…and DON’T tell me Obama did this first! That’s NOT the point!” Not your point, Brother, but clearly relevant to any calm, reasoned discussion of this issue. Obama DID split up illegal immigrant families from 2014 on. In fact, he sent many kids to live with good Democrats as “foster kids” to be indoctrinated, breaking up families for FAR more than 20 days. Where was your rage then? Or was it okay then because it was Obama and the Dems doing it?
In any case brothers, does not James tell us that we all must be “…quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger.”? Jas. 1:18. (I know this verse well as I confess violating it much in the past.) Yet some of my Christian brothers on social media have told me to unfriend them and implied I’m some sort of infidel for attempting to disagree. Others have implied I’m not faithful “Because here’s some verses (Sent out by Dem operatives) that show that ALL aliens are to be allowed in, regardless!” Had they checked these verses for context and accuracy? I saw no sign that that these brothers and sisters had verified that these verses said what they claimed they did, according to the standard rules of biblical interpretation I laid out in last week’s column.
As Christians, we are to speak the truth with love. Eph. 4:15. Do you think that means announcing in a general blast on social media that others are “Just wrong” and “I don’t even want to hear your side, just unfriend me!”, especially when you did not quote one verse (or any verses) in context that backs your opinion? Peter tells us, “But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence” 1 Pe. 3:15 [emphasis added].
Whenever I hear Christians start a sentence in a discussion beginning with, “You can’t tell me…” I think, “Okay, I won’t.”, and shut up. If you declare your mind closed, I will respect your right to do so, but I will not respect your refusal to explain your position nor your reasoning. How can I, when you won’t submit your reasoning to any test of fact, logic, history, or Scripture? Is that gentle? Is it reverent (respectful)? Is that acting in a loving manner?
One example of Liberal Christians misciting the Bible is a picture on social media of Joseph, Mary and Jesus fleeing to Egypt stating that Trump wouldn’t let this family in. First, Herod the king had a contract out on Jesus as a matter of state policy. His army had orders to kill Jesus on sight. Far from entering Egypt illegally, 1st century passage between Roman provinces was about as easy as interstate travel in the US. Egypt wasn’t a foreign country, just a state in one, big, happy, empire of 75 million. Second, Alexandria had a centuries-old Jewish-Egyptian citizen community they could hide in. Third, today, Jesus’ family could legally enter at any US port of entry (instead of crossing illegally) and apply for political asylum, which, under these facts, would be readily granted! None of the illegals did this, though they could have.
Next, Libs post a cartoon of frightened kids huddled around Jesus saying to the Border Patrol, “Let the little children come to me!” Okay Libs, do you mean that America is Jesus in this message? The way you put us down and find utter and constant fault with this country I find that simile a bit disingenuous. Or are you saying that, “We’re a Christian nation.”? If so, then why is it every time one of us Conservatives states that America is a Christian nation, we get nothing but indignant denial, scorn, laughter, and secular quotes (out of context) from the Founders from you? Do you only bring Jesus into public policy when it suits you? Hypocrite much?
Now if Jesus had a country, He could take everybody in. Being God, He can produce enough loaves and fishes to feed them. Being divinely protected, He wouldn’t worry about illegal criminals murdering, robbing, raping, kidnapping, stealing from, or selling drugs to Him. Not being a black American, He wouldn’t have to worry about illegal foreigners underbidding Him for low-paying jobs and forcing Him to go on welfare. Finally, He would have their grateful votes for His “no-borders” Saviorship tied up and He needn’t care about the votes of all those LEGAL aliens (now citizens) who waited in line like chumps because they really believed in America and wanted to become Americans (speaking English and everything) including taking years to jump through all the legal hoops. Eventually, there’s a lot fewer of them than His illegal followers anyway.
Instead of this make-believe Liberal Jesus, the actual Jesus was for the Rule of Law. “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s, and unto God what is God’s.” Matt. 22:21. Jesus’ teaching was, “Play by the rules, unless the law wants you to violate God’s Law.” If you’re a Lib Christian, go ahead and try to change the law. Get a group and all of you go to the border and pass out Big Macs to illegals. Volunteer to take an MS 13 member into your home. (They only murder four times as many people per year as all accidental gun deaths.) How about this? Tend to the homeless and the out-of-work and disabled Vets in your hometown. DO something Christlike in His Name, rather than taking it in vain to make a political point. “Be doers of the Word, and not hearers only.” James 1:21-27; Matt. 5:7.
Next week, what the Bible says about illegal aliens.
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