The Democrats and their cronies in the media are in critical need of a constant crisis that faults the Trump administration. These manufactured catastrophes are failing to gain the ear of Middle America. Their desperation is laughable when the news of the day is the jacket Mrs. Trump wore at the border. The “Russian probe” continues to turn over the same ol’ cow patties, and immigration policies utilized in the Obama era are now evil because they are being enforced by Trump’s Nazis. The only solution the Libs have offered to the “children separation” issue is open borders. Of course, increased cost of crime, education, health and welfare is a subject they glibly ignore in preference for emotional arguments.
Not that one in a million leftists would care to consult God on the topic of immigration, but if they did, excellent information would be discovered. Ancient Israel faced the present American dilemma…legal versus illegal immigrants. At the time of the Exodus, Palestine was occupied by various Canaanites who were out of bounds according to the borders that God had previously established. (Deuteronomy 32:7,8) When Joshua was leading Israel into their promised land, they were met with considerable resistance from the locals. The Gibeonites knew that a military assault would be hopeless, so they devised a far more subtle strategy. Ambassadors were sent to Israel with every appearance of having traveled from a far country. The negotiations for a peace treaty were predicated upon the false premise that the Gibeonites were not regional residents. When the ruse was discovered, a covenant had already been forged. The quandary…what to do with the illegals. Israel’s leadership was bound by its word to spare the deceivers, but found it necessary to apply some judicial action. The conclusion is found in Joshua 9:27: “Let them live; but let them be hewers of wood and drawers of water unto all the congregation.” As the narrative continues, it becomes clear that no one of that generation was allowed citizenship or voting rights. Perhaps a resurrection of the old WPA program could serve as an excellent program to replace welfare for illegals. “In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.” (Proverbs 14:23)
Conversely God had a fairly liberal attitude toward legal immigrants. They were to be given almost identical privileges as the citizens (Exodus 12:38-51). The Lord said they were not to be oppressed and to actually be relieved in times of genuine distress. They were to have justice done to them in time of disputes, and the gleanings of the harvest were to be made available to them. Admission to the outer court of the Temple was not to be denied for worship purposes. When the religious Left pushed the Gentiles out of that area to make room for a flea market of icons, Jesus threw a fit, overturning tables and driving out the merchants. His justification was: “Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.” (Matt 11:17)
The authorized immigrants chiefly consisted of the remnant of the nations in the land: captives taken in war; foreign servants who were eventually given an opportunity to acquire wealth; those who sought employment among the Jews; and those who came to Israel for religious privileges. The law was to be read to them, and they were expected to obey it. They were frequently employed in public works (II Chronicles 2:17,18), and serving in the military was a pathway to full citizenship. Interestingly, generations later, a Gibeonite was a soldier in David’s inner circle, and even later some were involved in the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s wall under Nehemiah’s direction.
The message is clear….there is a right and wrong way to exercise immigration. The hue and cry of the left is: “We are a nation of immigrants” which is primarily true, but that is not a license to draw incorrect conclusions. The apostle Paul said, “Let all things be done decently and in order.” A porous southern border hardly conforms to that admonition.
There was about as much love for Israel in ancient Moab as there is today in Gaza. In spite of the acrimony, a young Moabitess named Ruth entered Israel legally with her Jewish mother-in-law and eventually married a wealthy Jew named Boaz, becoming the great-grandmother of King David.
There are many limbs that grow from the trees of these stories, but one conclusion is unalterably clear…there is an obvious distinction between legal and illegal. The zealous efforts of the left attempt to blur those differences until only confusion remains.
Abraham Lincoln quoted from the Bible more in his public addresses than any other book. It was the same president who said, “We have grown in numbers, wealth, and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God.” Mr. Lincoln, the Republican, is now lifted up as a hero of the Democratic Party. Why not consult his source of authority for some answers to an otherwise perpetual problem?