Friday, April 28, 2006

On immigration

The following was written in an e-mail discussion with my father

I only think there is a tension in everything. This is more than a problem of laws. As a Christian, there is a charge by God to take care of the widows, orphans, aliens, and those in distress. This is regardless of borders, ethnicity, or human law. So the tension I face is caring for all people - loving the neighbor and enemy. As a Christian I am not called to be a nationalist, or to engage in jingoistic fracas, because my allegiance is to a Kingdom not of this world. But I live in a land that is governed by me and my peers. This is a communion of wills to work together under the accepted law for the advancement of peace and commerce within our land.

So how do we deal with illegal immigration and this government? Illegals are not part of the social contract we were born into. This government is not supposed to be concerned for these people, but as an individual, a person belonging to Christ, I am.

So there is a tension here and the only answer I can give to it is: everything needs to be done to the glory of God. How I deal and how I speak of immigrants should be done to the glory of God.

So does making hospitality a felony glorify God?

You ask a question about if I went home and there were people in my house eating my food. I would humbly submit an answer with the words of Jesus in Matthew 5:40-42, "And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

Why? Matthew 5:45-48, "that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect."

So as a political option, what should my stance be? I don't know. I just think it takes a lot more discussion and debate to ever get to an appropriate answer. The right answer would be what would be just, what would benefit both the USA and the immigrating states (Cuba, Mexico, Nicaragua, etc). Reducing the appeal of running from their own country would be a great place to start. For instance, the militant guerrilla groups terrorizing Central America need to be stopped (and the USA should stop training those soldiers in Georgia at the School of the Americas). Industry needs to be supported in these countries including living wages. Schools need to be built. Streets need to be paved. Sewage needs to be processed. This isn't all a task that the USA is up to doing, but they can encourage the other countries to do it with incentives. Bush offered the idea of guest workers, and that's a great idea too. It's in use up north on the Canadian border, and throughout Europe in the EU.

I really don't know how to solve the problem, because no matter what we do, nothing is going to change unless the world becomes more just. We can't force other countries into a sustained third world. But we do that to drive down the overhead on our retail items. As long as people exist, injustice shall exist. Kill all humans [/I Robot].

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