Sunday, October 4, 2020

Christian Politics – Part 8: Immigration and National Security

 

Christian Politics –

Part 8: Immigration and National Security

Pastor Bruce A. Shields

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SERMON INTRODUCTION

 

Over the last few weeks, we have discussed the following issues and shown where the bible stands.

Ø  Jesus, if a U.S. Citizen, would vote in elections to fulfill citizenship duties

 

Ø  What about the matters of life and death?

o   Healthcare – Miracles, modern medicine & personal control over decisions (not government/insurance/doctor control)

 

o   Suicide & Euthanasia – for reasons other than defense of self, family, property or country, the intentional killing of one’s self, or another is murder, and wrong according to God.

 

o   Abortion & Stem Cells – Abortion too is the intentional killing of an innocent, and considered murder since scripture show that life truly begins at the moment of conception when God begins to knit you in the womb where He also names you.

 

Ø  Crime and punishment and how the Lord would approve of the death penalty for certain offenses

 

Ø  War, defense, and national security

 

Ø  Guns and matters of defense

 

Ø  Immigration and matters of national security

 

Ø  Marriage

Ø  Education

Ø  Economy, budget, trade, campaign finances

Ø  Green Values

 

 

SCRIPTURE READING

Acts 17:26

 

“From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.”

 

                  I.            RACE

a.      All “nations”, or nationalities

                                                                         i.      Come from one man, Adam

 

b.     God marked out their (people of differing nationalities) time in history

                                                                         i.      Allotted period of existence

 

c.      There is truly only one race

                                                                         i.      Human race

                                                                      ii.      Though many nationalities

                                                                   iii.      Do not confuse nationality for race

 

 

               II.            THOUGH THE BIBLE DOES NOT USE THE WORD IMMIGRATION, IT SPEAKS OF THREE TYPES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

a.      The Foreigner

                                                                         i.      Sojourner – Resident alien. Living in one land but citizen in another.

 

                                                                      ii.      Acts 7:6 “And God spoke on this wise, That his seed should sojourn in a strange land; and that they should bring them into bondage, and entreat them evil four hundred years.”

 

 

b.     The Pilgrim

                                                                         i.      Exile

                                                                      ii.      1 Peter 2:11 “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;”

 

 

c.      The Stranger (Greek Xenos)

                                                                         i.      Where we get “xenophobe” or “the fear of the unknown person”

                                                                      ii.      Matthew 25:35 “For I was an hungry, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:”

 

                                                                   iii.      Matthew 25:40 “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.”

Though these scriptures speak directly about the spiritual sense of citizenship, they still teach the principals. 

 

            III.            OLD TESTAMENT IMMIGRATION TEACHINGS

a.      Treat strangers (unknown persons) who sojourn (travel from another nation to this one) as native among you. Leviticus 19:33-34 “‘When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. 34 The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.”

 

b.     However, they (strangers, pilgrims, foreigners, “immigrants”) are to keep the laws

                                                                         i.      Exodus 12:48-49 “A foreigner residing among you who wants to celebrate the Lord’s Passover must have all the males in his household circumcised; then he may take part like one born in the land. No uncircumcised male may eat it. 49 The same law applies both to the native-born and to the foreigner residing among you.”

 

c.      Old and New Testaments make clear we are to obey the “laws of the land we are in”

                                                                         i.      In 1868 the definition of “citizenship” was put into law

                                                                      ii.      It was ratified by the 14th amendment

                                                                   iii.      “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and the State where they reside.”

1.      So there are two components to being a citizen and obeying the law of this countries citizenship

 

2.      Being “born” in America does NOT make you a citizen

 

3.      Being born in America AND submitting to the jurisdiction (Authority / law) makes you a citizen.

 

4.      This is why you lose your rights as citizens when you break the laws…

 

                                                                    iv.      Rights you lose when laws are broken range from weapon restrictions, driving, voting in elections while incarcerated, exclusion from jury duty, etc.

 

d.     Nationalization is the act of an immigrant “becoming” a citizen, which is one of the twosteps required. Be born here, or get naturalized, AND obey the authorities of the land.

 

                                                                         i.      We are reminded through the New Testament we are to be subject to the authorities and laws of the land we are in.

 

                                                                      ii.      Scriptures in Old Testament tell us we must obey the laws of the land even when we are traveling.

 

Contrary to the Democrats claim when fighting for illegals to stay in America without having to obey the laws of the land, and even to the point of giving them rights meant for Citizens only, Jesus was NOT an illegal alien when He traveled with Joseph and Mary to Jerusalem.

Luke 2:1-7 tells us Joseph and Mary “went to the town of his birth to be registered”

Hearing politicians misquote scripture is a pet-peeve of mine. If you are going to “use” God’s Word to defend your agenda, at least read and study it first so you are correct in your application.

This statement came from the same politician who said they “are doing God’s work”, while supporting and promoting killing 1,000,000 children with abortion each year.

Something is not lining up here.

CONCLUSION – There must be a balance of these considerations

 

According to scripture, Jesus would vote;

 

·        For a politician who understands there are NOT many races, but many nations

·        There is only 1 race, the human race

·        There is NO room for racism

·        A politician who would protect the borders of our land, because we do have enemies

·        Immigrants coming here would be treated with respect and dignity, compassion and kindness

·        They would be expected to OBEY the laws of our land and become citizens according to law

·        Jesus would not support allowing illegals to enter, or stay in this country, or give them the rights of legal citizens.

John 10:1 "Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.”

The biblical standard for immigration is;

 

Immigrants must obey the laws of the nation

 

Second, forcing oneself on an existing nation is both unjust and unjustifiable. In other words, illegal immigration is morally wrong. Lawbreaking aliens bear moral responsibility for their unlawful actions.

 

Even desperate circumstances do not justify illegal immigration. Proverbs 6:30-31 says, “People do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his appetite when he is hungry, but if he is caught, he will pay sevenfold; he will give all the goods of his house.”

 

 

 

NEXT WEEK: Part 9 – Marriage

 

 

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