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Rob Reed  
The Bible and Illegal Immigration
5/3/06, 4:51pm
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This is from my Pastor's blog, and I think it is relevant and an interesting perspective... thought I would share it with you all.

http://transformationleaders.blogspot.com/2006/05/b
ible-on-immigration.html

the bible on immigration

The Old Testament has much to say about “aliens.” Those who live in Israel who are not Jewish. Examples.

Ex 22:21 "Do not mistreat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens in Egypt.

Dt 10:19 And you are to love those who are aliens, for you yourselves were aliens in Egypt.

Ex 12:49 The same law applies to the native-born and to the alien living among you."

The “alien in your midst” was to be treated well and was to follow the laws of Israel.

In the New Testament, Jesus speaks of strangers in general. Those you don’t know.

Mt 25:35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'

Jesus isn’t talking about government response to immigrants. He is talking about how Christians are to treat people. A person who is here legally or illegally is to be treated as a human being and cared for if in need. These words are addressed to Christians. Jesus has no specific instruction for human government.

The Bible does have clear guidelines for the immigrant who is Christian, as well. For the Christian who is in the United States legally there are specific instructions for public behavior. The same guidelines apply to Christians who are here illegally. Here are the guidelines clearly stated.

Romans 13:1-7
1Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3For 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 he will commend you. 4For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. 6This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing. 7Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

The biblical picture is not complex on this issue. There is no “gray” here.

If you are a Christian you help anyone in need.

If you are a Christian you don’t break the laws of a country.

The simplistic response to say, “Jesus would welcome the stranger,” doesn’t do justice to the careful thinking of the Bible on an issue like immigration.

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Re: The Bible and Illegal Immigration
5/4/06, 8:37am
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Very interesting. Thanks for posting that.

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5/5/06, 5:45am (Last Edited: 5/5/06, 6:02am)
Interesting stuff Rob! I enjoyed reading that. It's definately something to think about. That being said though, maybe the world should just be open to all immigration. Illegal or not, just make it to where people can go anywhere, to any country, without passports, or greencards, or visas, or have to go through any legalization process. However, we all know this will never happen. Maybe the world should just become one gigantic unified 3rd world country. I guess if we are having illegal immigrants being entitled to our luxuries & riches without having to go through any legal process or following any law abiding rules, we Americans should be allowed & afforded the same opportunity in other countries without having to abide by any laws or legal process. We can just have one worldwide free society where people can come & go as they please, anywhere they want, at any given time without any kind of rules or guidelines. However, we all know this will never happen.

You made some really good points Rob. It's hard to argue with what the Bible says if you are a christian or of the christian faith. In the grand scheme of things, all the issues going on in the world right now are just pre cursers & chains of events that will eventually lead up to things & passages that the Book of Revelations reveals. Don't want to freak out any non christians on the message board here but if you are a christian, then you have to believe what the Book of Revelations in the Bible tells us. It's closer than we might all think. I certainly believe in God & know that he is coming again soon. We must be aware of the anti-christ however. Some will be deceived & believe that he is God &/or the Second Coming. Don't accept the number(the mark of the beast).

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