Hey son, I love you! If you haven’t noticed, we have a huge disagreement on immigration in our nation. We are very passionate, and very divided on how we should handle entry for “illegal” and “legal” foreign born folks into our great country.
I can tell you, my heart hurt seeing the kids of the woman who was deported back to Mexico last night from Phoenix. I can’t say I would have handled it any differently had it been my mom. I truly believe their mom was just trying to survive and take care of them. I also believe she should have known better than to commit a felony by using a stolen social security # to get a job. I would assume she regrets that decision and probably thought about it a lot on that van ride down to Nogales.
As always, I look to the Bible for answers. I asked God to help me determine what His will would be in cases like this young mother’s. As usual, there are many out there who point to verses like Exodus 22:21, Leviticus 19:33-34, and Matthew 25:35. In fact, even people who don’t know or read the Bible point to those verses and criticize any Christian who believes the Bible has more to tell. As I’ve told you before, we must understand the whole story and will of God before we can determine what is right or wrong. If you continue to read the Bible you will see God has a different take on things than most people think.
I believe with all my heart that Christians are to have compassion and mercy towards immigrants. I also believe the United States should have a more compassionate and merciful immigration policy. However, this is not the question we are facing here. The question is whether it is wrong to violate a nation’s borders and ignore its immigration laws.
Romans 13: 1-7 makes it very clear that we are to obey the laws of the government unless it forces us to disobey a command of God. (Acts 5:29) Illegal immigration is breaking the law of the United States of America. I have not read anything in my years of studying the Bible that disallows a sovereign nation from having immigration laws. I can only conclude that violating the law is against what He teaches us.
Many will say that our laws here in the US are unfair or unjust and they discriminate against others and therefore it is ok to violate them. However Romans 13:1-7 does not say it is ok to violate a law just because it is perceived as unjust. Paul, who wrote the book of Romans, lived under the authority of the Roman Empire. There were many laws that were unjust, unfair, and blatantly evil. Still, Paul instructed Christians to submit to the government.
I believe the majority of illegal immigrants in the US have come for a better life, to provide for their families, and to escape poverty. These are good intentions. However, it is not biblical to violate a law to achieve a “good.” Caring for the poor, orphans, and widows is something the Bible commands us to do (Galatians 2:10; James 1:27; 2:2–15). However, the biblical fact that we are to care for the unfortunate does not mean we should violate the law in doing so.
What does the Bible tell us is the solution to illegal immigration? It’s pretty simple………….don’t do it; obey the laws. If we don’t agree, we have the right as citizens to ask for change to these laws. If you believe the law is unjust, you can still do everything that is “legally” within your power to change it. (Pray, petition, vote, peacefully protest, etc.) As Christians we should be the first people to step forward and seek change to laws we believe are not right or unfair. We should also follow God’s will by obeying the government He has placed over us.
I will pray for the mom who had to leave her kids behind, and I will pray for their family.
1 Peter 2:13-14: Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.