Christians are to give aid, gov't is to enforce laws

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Bible with American flagThe Bible says to care for the downtrodden ... to love the least of these ... to be hospitable to all ... to welcome the stranger. But according to one evangelical leader, that doesn't mean America should have an "open borders" immigration policy.

Evangelical supporters of illegal immigration often point to Matthew 25 when the discussion turns to those for whom they advocate. How can you turn them away – they ask – when the Bible so clearly says to feed them, to give them drink, to invite them in?

Speaking yesterday on American Family Radio, Richard Land of Southern Evangelical Seminary said they are exactly right.

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"Let's say that someone comes to my door and they are asking for some food or they're asking for some water," he suggested. "It's not my responsibility to inquire into their immigration status before I give them a glass of water and before I give them food."

The Bible is clear, he says: just serve them. But when it comes to setting policy for the country, Land explained, the U.S. government has a different scriptural mandate.

Land, Dr. Richard (SBC, ERLC)"The government is there to enforce the law," he stated. "One of the biggest problems we have with our immigration situation in the United States is that for the last half-century, the American government has not enforced the law."

"We have encouraged and aided and abetted law-breaking. We've had two signs up at the border: one sign says No Trespassing; the other sign says Help Wanted."

It's the government's job to protect the nation's citizens, to guard its borders, to "wield the sword," he added.

"I'm commanded to help those who are hungry and those who are thirsty – as a Christian," Land concluded. "And it's also my responsibility to insist as a citizen that my government enforce the law."

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