Immigration and Grace

Hello! Welcome to the new Southwest Grace blog titled Social Grace. As we start this new adventure together I wanted to tell you about our goal as a writing staff. It’s rather simple in nature but will be challenging at the same time. We want to discuss topics facing our society today from a biblical perspective. This will include a wide range of topics that we hope you will find inspirational and thought provoking. So here we go!
Have you ever looked at the world and thought to yourself about how loud, chaotic, confusing it can be? Have you ever tried to narrow that gaze down from the world as a whole to just one topic or event that is going on? In the day and age that we live in, with things like smartphones, tablets, satellite dishes, and social media, we are constantly bombarded from both sides of this issue. Let’s dive in and take a look at one of these topics.

Immigration. Right now you would be hard pressed to find a bigger and more divisive topic in our country, or the world in general. You can’t log in to your social media of choice or turn on the news without seeing and hearing from liberals on the left or conservatives on the right about this topic. Both sides are passionate and seem to make valid points. Liberals can be seen carrying signs that say “No hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here!” Conservatives can be heard arguing back that we need to “seal the borders” and “build the wall”. So what are we supposed to do? Do we open the borders and welcome all immigrants in? Do we close the borders to some or all immigrants in the name of national security?

Let’s start by looking at opening the border. As Christians we have a reputation of being a charitable group of people. Sometimes it can be hard to live up to this reputation. We get caught up in making sure we have the nicest clothes, the fastest car, or the most “toys”. Forgetting that more important than living up to a reputation, we have been called by God help those in need. Matthew 25:34-36 tells us that we should feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, and provide shelter to those in need. Jesus goes on in Matthew 25:40 to tell us that when we do these things for his brothers and sisters, it is just like we did them for him. This is a strong case for doing the “Christian thing” and helping others.

So what about the other side? Surely the book of Matthew can’t be wrong? After all, a lot of this book is Christ’s own words. Let’s look at the argument for closing the border. In September of 2006, a bill was passed by both halves of Congress that was known as the Fence Act. The bill was then signed into law in October of that same year. So regardless of your political beliefs on this issue, there is already a law in place that helps secure our country’s southern border. Romans 13:1-7 makes it abundantly clear that God expects us to obey the laws of the land. The only exception God makes to this is when a law of the land forces us to disobey a command from him. In the case of immigration, we have laws in the United States that say how you are allowed to enter the country. Disobeying these laws would certainly not be submitting to a governing body.

We have taken a look at both sides. We have looked at biblical references in support of both sides. So what are we left with? It’s simple. We are left with one word, LOVE. I’m reminded of some of the lyrics from a song titled The Proof of Your Love by the group for King and Country. Part of the lyrics are taken from 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (The Message Bible). 1 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. 2If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. 3-7If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. The song goes on to say “So let my life be the proof, the proof of your love. Let my love look like you and what you’re made of. How you lived, how you died. Love is sacrifice. So let my life be the proof, the proof of your love.” No matter what our nation’s leaders decide is the best way to handle the issue of immigration, or when they decide they decide on the best way to handle it, we should remember to love our fellow man no matter where they were born. We should help them with whatever means we have available. We should show them what it means to follow the one true God.

1 Corinthians 13:13 “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

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