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Sunday, June 24, 2018
The BIBLICAL Case for Closed Borders
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks with reporters in advance of votes on two broad immigration bills, deriding the Republican immigration legislation as a "compromise with the devil," at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 21, 2018. The Democratic leader says the bills make House Republicans "complicit" in President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policy that has resulted in more than 2,000 children being separated from their parents at the border. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Cheryl K. Chumley ANALYSIS/OPINION:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a huge public relations hit for daring to quote scripture while explaining why borders should be secure, even if it means separating children from the adults who’ve carted them into the nation illegally in the first place.
But let’s get this straight, and straight-away: Borders are indeed biblical.
So is the rule of law. So is the concept of keeping out those born in other nations about whom U.S. immigration folk know little — and that goes for children, as well as adults.
The left likes to whip out their Bible books and sell otherwise. But what do they know?
Democrats, after all, were the ones who removed mention of God from their national party platform back in 2012. Facing near-immediate fire, these Dems then quickly voted to revise that anti-God stance and put back what they had just taken out — but it was hardly a do-over that ended decisively.
As ABC remembered it back in September 2012: “The first two voice votes [to put back God into the platform], which require a two-thirds majority to pass, were tied between ‘ays’ and ‘nos.’ On the third vote it was still hard to tell whether the ‘ays’ were audibly louder than the ‘nays’ in the half-full [Democratic convention] arena. When [convention chairman] Antonio Villaraigosa … announced ‘the ays have it,’ loud boos erupted across the arena.”
Lovers of God the left are not.
Yet on borders, suddenly the Democrats are biblical scholars, as schooled on scriptural truths as, say, Rev. Franklin Graham.
Just recently, Nancy Pelosi railed: “The very hypocrisy of the attorney general to quote the Bible, the hypocrisy of all people of faith in our country not to clamor for what the administration is doing [at the border] … For this administration to pose as people of faith and pose as people who care about family and children is of a height of hypocrisy that knows no bounds.”
Spare us the sanctimony, please.
Pelosi spoke those words after Sessions brought up Romans 13, the chapter here the Apostle Paul tells how individuals should obey the laws set forth by God’s duly selected government leaders — meaning, of course, even illegals.
But that’s not the only spot in the Bible that justifies this White House’s tougher immigration policy.
How about in Genesis where God destroyed the Tower of Babel, for one, and gave the builders different languages — which then sent them scattering, seeking new lands to set up their own nations? Surely, that’s a creation of countries — of countries with their own languages, cultures, laws and, dare say, boundaries-slash-borders. By God’s hands; by God’s design, no less.
Or there’s this, from Paul speaking in Acts 17: “The God who made the world and everything in it … made from one every nation of men to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their habitation.”
Or this, the part where God tells Ezekiel, before commencing to divide the land into set portions: ‘These are the boundaries by which you shall divide the land for inheritance among the twelve tribes of Israel.”
Boundaries, dear Ezekiel. Another word for borders.
There are more, many more examples to be found in the Bible to show borders are indeed God-approved.
But the point is this: If you to get help figuring your taxes, you don’t go to a cake maker. You go to an accountant.
If you want assistance hooking up your cable, you don’t hire a landscaper. You call Comcast.
It only makes sense then: If you want to get the biblical facts about border controls in America — you just don’t listen to anyone affiliated with the party that removed God from its platform.
Turn a deaf ear, they know not of what they speak.