I read an article in a Christian magazine this morning, and it said "No human being is illegal", this piqued my curiosity, so I read on. The article was written by an Evangelical minister, whose name I will withhold until I get the proper documentation proving that he was in actuality the man who wrote the article. Regardless of who really wrote this statement, it still made me think. I came to the conclusion that he was correct. In God's eyes no human being is illegal. On the other hand, the fact that we are all God's children doesn't give any of us the right to break laws, neither God's or mans. There is a very fine line between Social Justice, and Equal Justice, between a Nation of Laws, and a Nation of Men. America, is a Nation of Laws, and these laws, since the founding of this country have been enforced equally to all men. The color of a person's skin, their country of origin, their language, none of these can be taken into account. The laws in the United States are there for all citizens, and visitors to follow. These laws and the enforcement thereof are what has set this country far above other nations of the world. Giving special treatment to any one ethnic group, is a violation against all other citizens, naturalized or legalized.
The Reverend Samuel Rodriquez, president of the evangelical National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference said: "My message to Republican leaders is if you're anti-immigration reform, you're anti-Latino, and if you're anti-Latino, you are anti-Christian church in America, and you're anti-evangelical." I don't know how to tell you this Senor Sammy, but you are way off the mark here. It seems the Rev. Samuel is attempting to throw a guilt trip on Christians who are also American patriots. It may work for some, but I encourage all evangelical Christians to hold fast to your patriotism, and your country and it's immigration laws. Even the infamous Rev. Dr, Richard Land is getting into the act. He said: "Hispanics are religious, family oriented, pro-life, and entrepreneurial. They are hard-wired social conservatives, unless they're driven off." I do not intend to mince words with Dr. Land, but there are no "social conservatives", one is either a Socialist, or a Conservative. Social Conservatives are misnamed. The very terminology is a play on words. With all do respect to Dr. Richard Land, you are very misguided, perhaps you have been reading too much of Saul Alinsky. Immigration reform is not needed in this country, what is needed, is enforcement of our current immigration laws, which by the way are exceedingly more liberal than any other nation, especially Mexico. In an effort to somehow reconcile some type of Obama immigration reform, many evangelical leaders came up with this ludicrous idea. "Illegal aliens who are working in jobs that once belonged to U.S. citizens should be required to pay $1,000.00 restitution, and learn to speak English." I ask you, if you came home one day and entered your house to find a family of Illegal aliens. Would it be okay if they just handed you a $1,000.00 and promised to learn English, and they get to keep your house? Any religious leader who would condone illegal aliens taking jobs of American citizens, who are now on state unemployment rolls, for a mere $1,000.00 restitution fine and the promise to learn English, should be stripped of any authority to lend moral guidance to anyone.
During a conversation with a dear friend of mine, who is in fact is a Baptist Minister, and someone I hold in high esteem. He queried me about my opinion of a local Hispanic ministry. He was torn on this subject. In my opinion, he is a patriot, and he is truly a man of God. I understand his dilemma, and I empathize with his need and desire to reach all men for Christ, regardless of their country of origin, or ability to speak English. One thing for certain, my conversations with this man always leave me with some deep inquisitions of my own conscience. I chose to re-read the the article from Dr. Richard Land, where he said: " My opinion on Hispanics may split the old conservative coalition, but it won't split the new one. If the new one is going to be the governing coalition, it's going to have a lot of Hispanics in it. And you don't get a lot of Hispanics in your coalition by engaging in anti-Hispanic anti-immigration rhetoric." Once again, Dr. Land is well off plumb. He keeps referring to "Immigration" when the subject is "Illegal Immigration". These two terms are miles apart. Dr. Land, by his statements, does nothing but confirm my suspicions, that gathering a flock of Illegal aliens into the fold, is nothing but a numbers game to many Catholic and Protestant leaders. Bryan Fischer, director of issue analysis for the American Family Association said this: " I find it extremely problematic from a Judeo-Christian standpoint to grant citizenship to people whose first act on American soil was to break an American law." I couldn't agree more, or have said it better myself.
Regarding the salvation of the lost, after painstakingly searching the Bible, I have been unable to find any scripture, either in the old, or the new testament that endorses or encourages conversion from one professing Judeo-Christian religion to another, in order to gain salvation. If the goal is to bring people to Christ, and to convince them that their salvation can only be attained by accepting Jesus Christ as their savior, and to be born again by the spirit, there is no doubt in my mind that it can be accomplished without conversion from one organized religion to another. John 14:6 "I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Me." Jesus didn't say "except through me, oh and ah, you need to be a Catholic, or a Protestant in order for it to happen!!!"
God Bless This Nation