President Trump has on numerous occasions expressed that without borders we do not have a country. Historically and scripturally he is right.
The leftist would have you believe a narrative convenient to their open border assertion: That we've welcomed with open arms anyone fleeing countries with a story to evoke sympathy and compassion and that it is an imperative from God Almighty that we do so. Both assertions are blatantly false.
As Christians, our guide should first be God's word.
The Bible is filled with references to borders, walls, and nations. God divided the peoples into nations and established the borders. The Hebrew word "chowmah" appears over a hundred times in the Old Testament and refers to walls built for the protection of the area within.
Walls are depicted favorably when strong and broken walls designated the negative. Such a reference is even made regarding our spiritual state, “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls,” Proverbs 25:28 (KJV).
Likewise, throughout the Old Testament, the differentiation between sojourners/legal travelers and foreigners/illegals is cited.
In Acts 17:26 (KJV) we are told God, "...hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation."
In our fallen state, many people worldwide are not guided by the morality and values we choose. Thus, the government is instilled for our protection. Be it defense from the evils of deliberate physical aggression, or from the dangers to our health, well-being, and economy, a righteous government such as ours is to be obeyed, "Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation," Romans 13:1-2 (KJV).
It follows then that the law established (unless in direct violation of God) should be respected and obeyed. For a government not to protect its people is in direct opposition to God's will, likewise, those who would violate a wall of a sovereign entity are in opposition to God's will.
Nehemiah was led by God to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem and after its completion exclaimed, "So the wall was finished...And it came to pass, that when all our enemies heard thereof, and all the heathen that were about us saw these things, they were much cast down in their own eyes: for they perceived that this work was wrought of our God," Nehemiah 6:16 (KJV).
We also have the example of another man of God, Moses, despite needing to traverse land, obeying and not crossing when permission was denied. In Numbers 20 we learn that Moses sent messengers to plead with the king of Edom that they would be allowed to simply cross his country's land, saying "...behold, we are in Kadesh, a city in the uttermost of thy border: Let us pass, I pray thee, through thy country: we will not pass through the fields, or through the vineyards, neither will we drink of the water of the wells: we will go by the king's high way, we will not turn to the right hand nor to the left, until we have passed thy borders. And Edom said unto him, Thou shalt not pass by me, lest I come out against thee with the sword," Numbers 20: 17-18 (KJV).
Did Moses trespass? No. However, he did implore once more for permission, "We will go by the high way: and if I and my cattle drink of thy water, then I will pay for it: I will only, without doing anything else, go through on my feet. And he said, Thou shalt not go through. And Edom came out against him with much people, and with a strong hand. Thus Edom refused to give Israel passage through his border..." Numbers 20-19-21 (KJV).
At this second denial, Moses made his journey through another route. He did not ignore the nation's laws nor did God tell him to ignore it and break the law by trespassing. He respected the border despite his personal situation.
The United States has long welcomed immigrants; we've been the most welcoming nation and the most sought after nation people worldwide want to enter. It's part of our history and tradition to welcome those seeking a better life in the land of opportunity. But it's never been open borders and for good cause.
The United States has a history of selecting and vetting who enters our country and who is denied. A clear example of the Biblical mandate as to why governments exist is the protection of a nation's citizens from those who may bring harm.
The checkpoint at Ellis Island, for example, did this by admitting people legally who met the criteria both financially to support themselves and were free of certain diseases. Even without the current welfare burden placed on taxpayers, those without proof of financial stability were turned away. The relative ease of entering the United States, including at our southern border, later changed due to the best interests of the United States.
It is always a nation's rightful prerogative to determine who enters, for what reason, and who cannot. Various type immigration acts did this over the years in our country changing depending upon the needs of the nation.
To challenge the wisdom and will of God, who created the nations and their respective borders, in favor of open (essentially no) borders is to defy His will as well as the historic precedence of controlling who enters our country. Open borders (be it through slack immigration laws, tolerated misuse of the legal means or borders being neglected and unenforced) is to sow the wind and reap the whirlwind of all manner of destruction.
There is no compassion in encouraging people, ignorant and desperate, to forge forward to illegally enter a country. It's wrong. Such sentiment and actions result in rampant needless suffering en-route and once detained due to the sheer numbers overloading this nation's resources directed for it.
The contemporary immigration disaster is tragic and due to incompetence and disregard of what is right for the American people by the legislature. Those seeking entry to our country should be met with the rule of law, as it is the rule of law responsible for creating the wealth and security such foreigners at best are seeking as they flee countries void of both.
Compassion would be taking actions to affect the people's home countries and their governments or establishing places of refuge in churches in countries which give permission for the foreigners to stay. Forcing the American taxpayer to foot the bill for such immense welfare is an evil perpetrated by the left against the core principles of this nation and against the will of God as given by Scripture.
Every nation has the moral obligation and right to choose who enters its borders and who may reside there.
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