The American citizen is individually under attack. Whereas in the past the citizen has been viewed as the most important member of our society and should by rights be, here in this twenty-first century, and in the latter part of the twentieth, this is no longer true. Now, we find that those who have no legal right to be in our country, who are actually committing a crime simply by being here, much less by any ensuing crimes that they commit, are given positions of honor and placed above those rightfully here. They are also given more importance than those who come to the country and work for their citizenship legally. Men known to this author have had to fight years, sometimes in excess of a decade for their own citizenship or that of their wives, despite some even having served our country in her military, and yet now we are supposed to give out this same reward with little to no thought of who it goes to, what benefits they bring to our country and what harm they may cause. Do they have a skill? Do they have a family? Do they come bearing the desire to work and support themselves or the desire to live off the money of others? Do they bring diseases with them that we have long rid ourselves of? And perhaps most importantly do they wish to assimilate into American culture, to adopt our values and morals? And here we do not speak of the modern tripe set forth as an example, the policy of live anyway you want as long as it is right from your own eyes, but the American values that have dominated our society and helped propel us to the position we are blessed with today: faith in God and Jesus Christ, love, justice, mercy, humility, honor, courage, kindness, true compassion, determination, tenacity, endurance, diligence. Or rather do these people wish to live here as nothing more than a drifter, a transient here in the greatest nation on earth, only to get what they can while they can to send back to their “true home”.
The answer to the American citizen is of course “we don’t know, we have to let them in first to see what they are made of.” This type of do now and see what the consequences are later theology seems to be pervasive in our politicians today. With somewhere in the neighborhood of 12 million to 33 million (depending on which statistics you choose to look at) immigration criminals here already, we are told not only to indifferently let those here stay, to let them jump in front of those who have waited patiently and abided by our Country’s laws, but to open the gates to allow more in. We are told it doesn’t matter if they have a skill. It doesn’t matter if they have any connections here in the United States. It doesn’t matter if they have connections to other criminals. It doesn’t matter if they are going to take jobs away from American citizens. It doesn’t matter if they devour the resources of taxpayers without contributing noticeably back to the treasury. It doesn’t matter if they bring in new diseases. It doesn’t matter if terrorists who wish our country harm come in with them. It doesn’t matter if they have more loyalty to the country they left behind than ours that they are coming too. It doesn’t matter if the children they have will grow up loving another nation more than the one that protects them. None of these questions are important, and if you dare to ask them anyway, you are labeled as cold hearted and uncaring, and some kind of –phobe. This is especially true if you are a follower of Jesus Christ, for then you are obviously doubly a hypocrite, despite the fact that many calling you such would rarely dare to listen to Him outside of situations that serve their own interests.
And yet, how many times in the old and new testament were Israelites commanded to allow aliens in who refused to abide by their law and serve God? Where were they forced to allow criminals and those hostile to their nation, with divided loyalties, in? Where were the immigrants allowed to not pay taxes whilst the citizens must pay? And where did God instruct his people to immediately upon stepping over the border confer all benefits and privileges to the traveler? God did command his nation to care for the alien, and not to mistreat him, to deal with him fairly and kindly, but He also very clearly called on the alien to abide by His statutes and those of Israel.
And in the New Testament, how many times did Jesus command his followers to care for the alien at the cost of the widow and the orphan? How many times did Jesus encourage the lawbreaker? How many times did he instruct the poor to steal from the wealthy? How many times was the criminal forgiven his sins with no admonition to sin no more? Jesus certainly did set the example of caring for the poor and the widow and the orphan, but he certainly did not set the example of ignoring and throwing out the poor, homeless, widowed, and orphaned of Israel to take in those in the same boat but who were criminal and from other places in their stead.
There is also this incessant droning of how cruel and uncaring it is to separate the families who come here against the laws, knowing full well that it is against the laws. The current caravan from Central America sets a timely example. Thousands of people breaking through one country after another, knowing they are coming to break the law, and continuing regardless, with the arrogant if hopeful assumption that they will be willing welcomed and let in to America, and if not that they will rightfully break in there too. We are told to feel pity for the mothers pushing strollers and carrying babies. We are told to feel pity for the men with no jobs and no money and no home. We are told we cannot possibly separate the children and the parents. We are told that the only compassionate action is to let them freely into America regardless of the answers to the aforementioned questions. And yet, would a bank robber and their children receive such kind consideration? Would we be told the only kind action is to let them avoid prison and send them on their merry way? Would we be told that we couldn’t possibly separate them from their children? And even more discreditable to those who shout yes, do we not have young mothers with children here? Mothers who have no husband, who have no place to go? Do we not have the young unemployed men? Do we not have the homeless and the penniless? And to our great shame do we not have a good number of veterans who have served our country and our communities, put their lives willingly in the breach to protect us, in this situation? “No greater love hath man, than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” And yet how to we treat those friends?
Perhaps the most sordid part of this tale is those “compassionate” Americans who encourage the false hope and criminal activity of so many by their actions which also knowingly break our laws. Hundreds of Sanctuary Cities exist across our country. San Francisco recently voted to allow criminal immigrants to vote in publicly funded school board elections. They are allowed to purchase and rent homes, taking land and houses away from American citizens. These same criminal immigrants are allowed to obtain welfare, healthcare, workers compensation, free education for their children, and even hunting licenses in some states just to name a few benefits. These Americans who support and encourage them to come, to hide from the law, to steal benefits away from those already here … they are not compassionate or acting honorably. At best they have misguided compassion, at worst malevolent intent to secure loyalty and future support.
The true American citizen, the one here legally, not to include those who were shuttled over the borders through air, land, or sea at an opportune moment to be born here, should not have to fight for rights guaranteed by the Constitution or for the privilege of coming first in line before those from other countries. The true American citizen, regardless of the color of their skin, the sound of their voice, or the history of their heritage should be cared for and nurtured. They should come first in matters of tithe, labor, education, promotion, healthcare, and access to our majestic land. Our own poor and homeless, widows and orphans should come long before any who meet that description from the outside, our veterans as well. The American citizen, the true and rightful American citizen is not worthless, they are worth everything, and they should be treated as such.
As always, I will leave you with a quote, a few quotes in this case, from years gone by. Perhaps they will convey the point a little better than I.
“A foreigner residing among you who wants to celebrate the LORD’s Passover must have all the males in his household circumcised; then he may take part like one born in the land. No uncircumcised male may eat it. The same law applies both to the native-born and to the foreigner residing among you.” – Exodus 12:48-49
“It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood. For the law of Moses has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath.” – Acts 15:19-20
“In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here does in good faith become an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed or birthplace or origin. But this is predicated upon the man’s becoming in very fact an American and nothing but an American. If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn’t doing his part as an American. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile. We have room for but one language here and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, and American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house; and we have room for but one soul [sic] loyalty, and that is loyalty to the American people.” – President Theodore Roosevelt
“To admit foreigners indiscriminately to the rights of citizens, the moment they put foot in our country, as recommended in the Message, would be nothing less, than to admit the Grecian Horse into the Citadel of our Liberty and Sovereignty.” – Alexander Hamilton
–JT Cope IV