Thursday, October 20, 2022

Satan's Immigration Position

When Republicans urge the overthrow of government and seek control of government to eviscerate Medicare and Social Security, immigration issues are often exploited as a diversion. However, former CBS correspondent Lara Logan, while pledging undying fealty to the God of the Scriptures, appears to be a true believer. She tells a supportive News Max host 

God believes in sovereignty, national identity, and the sanctity of family and all the things that we've lived with since the beginning of time and he knows that the open border is Satan's way of talking control of the world through all of these people who are his stooges and his servants. And they may think that they're going to become God, they tell us, Gerald and Haari and the rest of them at the World Economic Forum. You know, the ones who want us eating insects, cockroaches, and that while they dine on the blood of children.

For sheer entertainment value that ranks high, though neither cockroaches nor the blood of children is high on my list of dinner selections..

The twentieth chapter of Deuteronomy is famous for its advocacy of the death penalty for a wide variety of infractions. In it, we learn that God has directed Moses to inform the Israelites that death is the punishment for bestiality, incest, homosexuality, or practicing the occult. The sanctity of the family is addressed by warning that  "anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death," as are a man who commits adultery with his neighbor's wife, the latter also to be executed.  (Abortion somehow was omitted.)

Jesus himself became a refugee when "an angel of the Lord" appeared to Joseph and told him to take his wife and his son to Egypt to escape murder at the hands of King Herod. In that Old Testament bible Jesus was said to have read, God encouraged the prophet Jeremiah "not (to) oppress the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow" and told him to issue the warning "Do no wrong or violence to the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow."  The prophet Zechariah warned "do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor."

And Jesus assured his disciples that when he returns as King and Judge,  he'll remember "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in."

If refugees, or strangers, or aliens were to be accepted- as appears to be the case- there was an even greater imperative to treat individuals fairly once among you.  In the first chapter of Deuteronomy, we read "And I charged your judges at that time: Hear the disputes between your people and judge fairly, whether the case is between an Israelite and a foreigner residing among you." 

Twenty three chapters later there is "do not take advantage of a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether that fellow is a fellow Israelite or a foreigner residing in one of your towns."  So I could argue that the priority is not to exploit any workers, as in encouraging immigration and then allowing the individual to be exploited because he or she has not been given citizenship.

But I won't do so because- however God is perceived- times change, people change, and issues change, especially over a couple of thousand years.  However, if He is a closed borders enthusiast, God had a funny way of telling us. 

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