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Detour: Country closed for repairs

Posted: Thursday, May 5, 2016 | Alphonso Ashworth | Politics

Is it time for our leaders to get serious about illegal immigration? Or is America a heartless and racist nation?

The questions many are asking seem void of clear answers. Politicians, as though they are directing traffic, detour the American people around the truth. For instance, in this election year, the truth on this matter has largely been ignored by one political party and under-exaggerated by the other.

Illegal immigration has added an undue burden on America’s resources; education, healthcare, housing, and transportation are at the top of the list. But the polls from political pundits and hacks would have you convinced that most Americans simply don’t care about illegal immigration. Meanwhile, the mainstream media works vigorously to convince its viewers that building a wall and sending millions of illegals back home is impossible, heartless, and borderline racist. But their reports simply don’t support the facts.

While I recognize that the traffic across our southern border has slowed, that still does not justify allowing those who crept in illegally the right to automatic citizenship.

Merriam-Webster defines “illegal” as “not according to or authorized by law: unlawful, illicit; not sanctioned by official rules.” Compare this definition to how some political propagandists have changed its meaning, sounding more like Newspeak: “These poor individuals are not illegal aliens; they are sweet souls seeking a better way of life.”

Tell the 12 Americans who die daily at the hands of an illegal alien how sweet these criminals are.

I admit that the media has tugged at my heartstrings. But once I come back to reason, I argue that if their claims were true, then no American has a legal right to life, liberty, or the pursuit of happiness. If the only requirement is seeking a better life, then the bank robber, the thief, the trespasser, and the drug dealer could make a good case for their illicit endeavors.

Is it so wrong to ask people to obey our laws? For generations, people have been brought here or have come of their own devices, scratching and clawing toward freedom. Some paid the ultimate sacrifice — lynching, slavery, and imprisonment for crimes they did not commit so that future generations would have a better life. The difference between then and now, though, is those people came legally. Even Africans who were forced from their homeland, once they were freed, they stood in line and waited their turn for “liberty.” So why should anyone else be allowed a detour? Why should their lives be valued any differently?

There is a simple answer, and it can be found in the Bible:

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.” –Romans 13:1-7

This passage makes it abundantly clear that God expects us to obey the laws of the government. The only exception to this is when a law of the government goes against a command of God (Acts 5:29). Illegal immigration is the breaking of a government’s law. There is nothing in Scripture that contradicts the idea of a sovereign nation having immigration laws. Therefore, it is rebellion against God to unlawfully enter another country. Illegal immigration is a sin.

As Christians, we are to show compassion and to help those in need, but their need does not give us a pass when it comes to obeying the law — especially those aligned with God’s Word.

As Matthew 7:13-14 reads, “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

So when it comes to finding the truth, there are no detours.