Thursday, November 01, 2007
I have been having this online conversation with a conservative guy. I don't really know him. I do know we are very different and yet I really respect the way we converse. Here's a bit of our conversation this week: Solameanie: Let me throw a few questions into this maelstrom? Should one justify bad behavior by pointing to other bad behavior? Randy: ~ No. Here is something to try to get our heads around in regard to this question though: Is being an ‘illegal’ bad behavior? It was an illegal act to enter or stay in this country for most of these people. But to suggest that their behavior is constantly ‘wrong’ doesnt' make sense either. Solameanie: What part of "illegal" don't we understand? What does the Gospel have to do with cracking down on lawbreaking and border security? Randy: I have no problem with cracking down on these things. As I said – I’m quite conservative. I do think that we are unfair to believe that they are constantly breaking the law because they broke it once. When Scriptures mention setting the captives free or the Year of Jubilee then loans were forgiven and slaves were freed and those who did wrong were forgiven. What might it look like to forgive the illegals who pick a significant portion of our fruits and vegetables simply so that we don’t have to pay a lot more for that food. What if we began to think of it as a forgivable offense if these people can show their ability to work/raise families/ get a good education/whatever the criteria. Yet some people want nothing to do with forgiving illegals. It was even proposed that serving time in the military should allow someone to become legal. Yet that was even shot down before it hit the real discussions in D.C. In other words even if someone willingly risks their very life for this country they will not be forgiven of this transgression. Solameanie: How is the Old Testament statement on the "aliens in our midst" being distorted from its original meaning and purpose? How do we know that illegal aliens are our brothers and sisters in Christ? Have they been born again? Have they come to a saving knowledge of Him? Would people who name the name of Christ as their Lord and Savior violate His Word by breaking the law? Randy: I do know people who I suspect are illegally here in the USA. I also know their faith. Are they saved? I believe so. Would they violate the Word of God by breaking our laws? How many times have we gone over the speed limit this week? How many people have we not treated people as Christ demands of us? I think we’re all guilty on this one. _____________________________________________________________ For those of you serious about finding what the biblical text has to say about the 'aliens' among us. I suggest that you go to a place like Bible Gateway and use the keyword 'alien'. It will take you a good hour to read the texts though. Here are just a few... Exodus 23:9"Do not oppress an alien; you yourselves know how it feels to be aliens, because you were aliens in Egypt. Leviticus 19:34The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.Leviticus 25:23" 'The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants. Deuteronomy 10:18He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing. Malachi 3:5"So I will come near to you for judgment. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive aliens of justice, but do not fear me," says the LORD Almighty.
Posted by Randy Buist at 12:50 AM