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The illegal immigration problem.

Submitted: 4/2/2008
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Question: Hebrews 13:3 says, 'Don't forget about those in prison. Suffer with them as though you were there yourself. Share the sorrow of those being mistreated, as though you feel their pain in your own bodies.' I read this scripture with an email that was sent to me. It made me think of the immigrants. We are all immigrants, all children of God, and all suffer. I don't know if reporting them is the same thing Judas did to Jesus (nor that he was coming from your perspective), but I think in each of us is a God-given conviction to do right. When the US was first invaded by unwelcomed guests, I wonder if that God-given conviction told them they were there taking illegally what was not there's to begin with. The Bible says, 'The earth is the Lords and the fullness there of...'

Answer: We disagree with a number of your points. First, we are not all immigrants. I, for example, was born in Virginia. My parents were born in the US as were their parents. By any definition, I am not an immigrant. Second, we are not all children of God. John 1:12 says, 'But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.' Only those who have been born again into the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ can rightly be called children of God. Third, if the law requires a person to report someone who has illegally entered our country, then to do so could hardly be equated with what Judas did to Jesus. Judas was after a monetary reward. To obey the law is a responsibility of every citizen.

Finally, the earth and all its fulness may be the Lord's, but the Bible also says, 'He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings' (Acts 17:26). God established the boundaries between nations and there is nothing ungodly about each nation having a policy governing who can come in and under what circumstances. God divided the world up into nations so that no one man could control the entire earth. To suggest that everyone should be able live wherever they want to because we are all children of God is globalism. This is the ideology that will usher in the Antichrist.