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An Evangelical’s Response to The Evangelical Immigration Table

 

About the author: Bryan Fischer is the Director of Issue Analysis for Government and Public Policy at the American Family Association, where he provides expertise on a range of public policy topics. Described by the New York Times as a "talk-radio natural," he hosts the "Focal Point" radio program on AFR Talk, which ... [read 's FULL BIO]

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The Senate debate starts this week on the disastrous Rubio amnesty bill, which has problems too numerous to list, beginning with its astronomical cost of $6.3 trillion.

Sadly, a cluster of evangelical luminaries has signed on to this bill, and is using socialist money to publicize their view.
The EIT, in an ad funded by hardcore leftist George Soros, insists that a respect for the “God-given dignity” of every human being demands that we reward illegal aliens for breaking the law. This, of course, is preposterous, but right out of the pseudo-evangelical Jim Wallis socialist playbook.

The EIT will no doubt cite Rubio’s nostrums about the back taxes illegals will have to pay. That’s a bit like saying to a car thief you can keep the Jag as long as you pay the sales tax. Instant legalization is a massive reward.
Just ask the 4 million people who are waiting patiently in countries all around the world to migrate to the United States. They are looking to be invited in through the front door instead of breaking and entering through the back door. They’d love to be able to cut to the front of the line, like illegals will be able to do under Rubio’s bill, but they can’t, for one simple reason. They are obeying the law and playing by the rules. We should be rewarding law-abiders and punishing lawbreakers, not the other way round.

The EIT has produced another ad in which various personages sonorously recite Jesus’ parable of the sheep and the goats, with the clear implication that if we do not agree with them about rewarding lawbreakers, we are headed straight to hell, “into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41).

These evangelicals conveniently forget two things about Jesus’ parable: it isn’t a command to government, it is a command to individuals, and secondly, it doesn’t say a single solitary thing about illegal immigration whatsoever. Other than condemning ordinary evangelicals to the lake of burning sulphur and twisting the words of Jesus out of all recognition, the ad is spot on.
The Rubio bill, by guaranteeing a path to citizenship for folks who have been in criminal violation of our laws for years, is a travesty to anyone with evangelical sensibilities whose view of the rule of law and human responsibility is shaped by Scripture.
In fact, a respect for human dignity would lead us to hold people accountable for their own lifestyle choices, which includes proper sanctions for illegal conduct. To expect less of people, to give them a pass, nay, reward them for criminal behavior, is to insult them through the soft bigotry of low and unbiblical expectations.

Surely, if they are created in the image of God, they are free moral agents who are capable of making responsible, mature and law-abiding decisions. To expect anything less of them is to treat them patronizingly as children.
From a theological standpoint, the EIT ignores the entire story of Moses’ encounter with the government of Edom in the journey of Israel from Egypt to the promised land (Numbers 20:14-21). Moses asked permission from the king of Moab to “pass through your land,” and pledged that his people would not pass through any fields or vineyards or drink any water from their wells. In other words, they pledged that they would not be a burden to the taxpayers of Edom.

The king of Edom said no and denied the Israelites permission to cross his border and enter his land. Moses, rather than sneaking across the border and then insisting on amnesty, “turned away” and went in another direction.
Surely this passage illustrates two biblical truths: nations have borders which they have a right to defend, and each nation has the right to decide for itself who will be allowed to enter its sovereign territory. And this is not just an Old Testament concept. Paul, in Acts 17:26, says plainly that God has “determined…the boundaries” of the nations in which men live. A boundary, of course, means a line that others cannot cross without permission.

In truth, we do not in fact need immigration reform. We need immigration enforcement. The first and greatest need is a secure border, which can only be accomplished by the building of a double-layer security fence all across our southern border.
In fact, I would suggest a thoughtful evangelical position on immigration, at this point, would consist of one plank: no fence, no deal. We do not lack the resources to do this, we lack only the will. If we can build the Empire State Building in 17 months in the middle of the Great Depression, we can build “the danged fence.”

The Evangelical Immigration Table is in league with Marxists on this issue, and on the wrong side of both Scripture and history. Here’s hoping they wake from their slumber before it’s too late.

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  • sha49tn

    No where in the Bible do I find where God wants us to encourage law breakers. If the law is forbidding us to follow His laws, then we have His Word that He will defend those who stand for Him. Being mean to these illegal aliens is not what Christians are supposed to do, but neither are we to encourage them. By encouraging those who have already broken the law, you encourage more to do the same.

  • Jim28thReg

    Looks to me like SATAN has purchased more than just our government .

    • mtman2

      “Well”, he’s had 2,000 years to infiltrate “the enemy”[where-else?]. Being the USA is/was the bastion of The GOSPEL to the world[England was-1st but bent socialist], why would the usurpation imitate truth. After all “…he is as an Angel of light”; but definitely NOT the True Light of the world any more than these imposters!

  • Wumingren

    I find the report to be missing key information: the names of the so-called “evangelicals” that support this stuff. From what I have read elsewhere, these “evangelicals” are by no means speaking for the majority of Christian evangelical believers, but are obscure characters that have no standing. I believe it is not too much to ask that those pretending to be speaking for me, a non-denominational evangelical believer, be named and their backgrounds be presented for an honest look at who is trying to hijack the born-again faithful for their own political purposes.

    I visited http://evangelicalimmigrationtable.com and found that the list of “leaders” includes Castellanos, Cortés, Rodriguez, Salguero, Duarte, DeYmaz, Flores, Gonzalez, Mandes, Miranda, del Risco, Rolfes, Carrillo, Metaxas, Contreras, Garcia, Gonzalez D’Ross, Fuentes, Molina, Ovalle, Rincones, Rivera, Aguirre, Delgado, Gonzalez, Guillén, de Jesus, de Leon, Lucado, Ortiz, Prieto, Rodriguez, Francisco Martínez, Rodriguez, and Sanchez. Sure, there were others who are not Hispanic, but you get the idea that there is an agenda in play, don’t you?

    The fact is that these people are attempting to hoodwink evangelicals into believing it is their Christian duty to support these guys, since, after all, they’re calling themselves “evangelicals.”

    Find more information here: http://www.vdare.com/articles/the-evangelical-immigration-table-a-treason-lobby-front

  • charlie

    They are men of the churches of men and are not Christian ministers. They are what the bible calls hirelings and we are warned not to trust these false ministers. They do what will anything that will do the most good for them personally. They work for the devil, not God. DISREGARD THEM, THEY ARE FALSE MESSENGERS

  • Aristophanes

    Very good article. These people are NOT evangelicals, they are liberals. Big difference. Unfortunately, other people will see this and believe that Christians support amnesty, which I hope the majority do NOT. I am a Christian; but, I am getting very disillusioned with the church run by men who are not following God’s word.

    • mtman2

      It is a “SHOW” photo op, socialist religiosity + pseudo churchianity in the liberal venue to misappropriate ’emotional faith’. “Hopey, changy + churchy” to fundamentally transform Amerika”

      • Aristophanes

        So true, mtman2. Sad, isn’t it?

  • Lorraine E

    If I was a Mexican, I would probably do everything I could to escape from Mexico and move to the U.S.A.. My heart goes out to our neighbors to the south and I feel sorry for their plight. Certainly our immigration laws must be obeyed but when people are desperate to escape from bad living conditions, they will do desperate things.
    I believe that there would be less opposition to having them living in our country if their financial assistance was paid for by the State Department because it is truly Foreign Aid and most certainly should not be paid for with Social Security funds. Hundreds of millions of foreign aid is constantly being given to our enemies who wish to destroy us and call us the great satan. That is a terrible waste of our taxes but we have nothing to say about it. Those hundreds of millions of foreign aid currently being wasted as gifts to our enemies would be much better spent providing humanitarian assistance to our southern neighbors.

  • Robert S Moulds

    The United States has a massive debt they have to find a more cost effective way to let immigrants than Rubio’s planned bill.

  • JPT

    I think the immigration evangelicals are responding to economic and demographic reality. Caucasian tithers are falling away precipitously. Clergy need to get more “giving units” back into the pews.

    The churches who are first in line to lure Hispanic affection away from the Catholics, will reap the greater rewards. They recognize the pragmatism of “Get Used To It, White Boy.”

    And so it goes…and it ain’t never going back.