There is an incredibly stupid argument coming from the political Right that needs to be squashed now. If you use this argument, stop spewing non-sense and think about this for a second.
I’ve had this argument with several people, and now I’ve heard it on the news. A woman at a border protest screamed on camera, “Jesus would not break the law!”
Apparently there’s quite a few people who don’t know their Gospels very well. Jesus was a rebel (defined as “a person who rises in opposition … against an established government or ruler”). Now, let’s don’t be confused, Jesus did NOT break Old Testament laws, He broke the law of the rulers of His time (the Pharisees); that’s the difference. He broke the law of the land, man’s law, not God’s.
The reason that is an important distinction is because immigration law is man’s law, not God’s. Peter and the other apostles said in Acts 5:29, “We ought to obey God rather than men.” Context is important here though, at the time Christians were being persecuted for spreading the Gospel; it was man’s law against God’s.
I believe the same is true for the immigration debate.
Leviticus 19:33-34 And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him. But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
God speaks repeatedly of His special concern for aliens, who are linked with other vulnerable groups such as orphans and widows (Ps. 146:9; Dt. 10:18; Ezek. 22:7; Zech. 7:10).
That love goes beyond a general sentiment to legislation, which God included in the law He gave to the Israelites, mandating rules for the harvesting and gleaning of crops and for tithing that were intended to provide for the needs of immigrants (Dt. 14:28-29, 24:19-21).
If you call yourself a Christian and you’re anti-immigrant and you want those poor children shipped backed to the poverty stricken hell-hole they came from, maybe it is time for some knee-ology, a one on one with Jesus. Time to get your love back.
Matthew 25:31-46 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
I’ll leave you with one last scripture to ponder upon, Hebrews 13:2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.