President Donald Trump proclaimed a future end to President Barack Obama’s illegal executive amnesty during the campaign in his typical bellicose fashion. After nearly a year of waiting for a promise that could’ve been kept on day one, President Trump announced with all the typical false progressive assumptions, a 6-month delay of the DACA repeal.
Anyone who wasn’t born yesterday knows the nature of delayed deals. They don’t happen and promises aren’t kept. The DACA repeal is all hat and no cattle. It’s a carrot with no flavor for Trump’s base to be deceived into supporting it, while the politicians and progressives get their illegal amnesty.
A delayed DACA repeal will end up like all delayed deals: never happening. Bellicose politicians promise the moon, while the progressives end up getting what they desire. Progressives will achieve their multi-cultural cesspool of humanistic relativism. And the great nationalist, Donald Trump, will be the progressive that turns America into Europe.
Before the Evangelicals who supported Trump, in no small part because of his promise to end illegal immigration, say this vindicates their support for Trump, they should take their GOP cult blinders off and think again. You’ve achieved nothing. Delays always become permanent and repeals never happen.
Nevertheless, immigration is an important issue and the Church must have a clear voice in light of the Christian Scriptures. As the Church stands, our pastors are failing their flocks on the issue of immigration. We either have pastors teaching a view that elevates the welfare of the foreigner above the citizen, or we have pastors elevating nationalism above God’s heart for the Sojourner.
This think piece should be in no way considered an exhaustive answer that will make everything clear. For that, I would call on Reformed pastors and Christian leaders to deliberate in light of the Christian Scriptures over immigrant ministry versus immigration policy for the sake of biblical clarity.
However, I do believe I have something pertinent and theological that will only edify and lead to better clarity.
Caring for the Sojourner is about compassion for the Covenant-keeper, not the Covenant-breaker. It isn’t about social justice for all people, regardless of legality and moral behavior. A multi-cultural, open borders cesspool of Covenant-breakers isn’t compassion, that’s humanistic relativism, not absolute Truth.
Caring for the Sojourner is not about free markets or economics either. Free markets isn’t about unfettered competition, much less an unfettered flow of labor. If you think it is, then you have a fundamental misunderstanding of economics in general, and free markets specifically.
Free markets are fundamentally about a free society based on a stable rule of law, property rights, individual liberty, and dominion (sovereignty). Therefore, immigration is fundamentally a dominion and rule of law issue, not a compassion issue.
We must acknowledge and honor God’s Ultimate Sovereignty over us and nations in order to respect the sovereignty of nations and people. When we can honestly make that acknowledgement, then we can have compassion for the true Covenant-keeping Sojourner.
Giving amnesty rewards illegal behavior is also true. It rewards the Covenant-breakers. And it assumes certain rights to the Covenant-breaking non-citizens above the Covenant-keeping sovereign citizens.
At its core, amnesty isn’t compassion in the name of social justice. It’s illegality in the name of a faux-justice. It fundamentally ignores God’s Law as it pertains to the property rights, individual liberties, and dominion of the citizens of a sovereign nation.
God’s Word doesn’t ever put the welfare of the Sojourner above the citizens of kingdoms and nations. It cares for both in their proper place, and jurisdiction. God’s Word cares for the Covenant-keeping Sojourner, while honoring the property rights, liberties, and sovereignty of citizens. God doesn’t show partiality, so why do we?
The Church’s immigrant ministry should never contradict or circumvent the civil magistrate’s sovereign immigration policy.
A biblical immigration policy would be one of wise welcome. Honor the Church’s heart for the welfare of the Covenant-keeping Sojourner, while respecting the sovereign right to restrict immigration to protect the property rights, liberties, and dominion of citizens.