Thursday, November 01, 2007

Jesus Christ was an immigrant

Immigration seems to be the hot issue at the moment.

The other week I was disgusted to read an article published by a Christian organisation attacking immigration. It argued that immigration was contrary to the purposes of God in dividing the nations.

Not everybody is going to agree with my pro-immigration stance. Not everybody is going to be persuaded by the economic argument that immigration creates jobs or the cultural argument that immigration enriches society.

But I would urge Christians to remember that our Lord was an immigrant in His childhood. His parents most likely lived among the Jewish minority in the multicultural city of Alexandria.

Maybe those who are inclined to criticise multi-culturalism also ought to think about that too.

15 comments:

Rose~ said...

Leave it to the dyspraxic fundamentalist to make a connection between a hotly debated socio-political issue and the little Lord Jesus.

:~)

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

I actually think that religion and politics don't mix.

But the fact that our Lord was an immigrant in His infancy and took refuge in a multi-cultural society ought to keep us from being too ready cricise immigration.

God Bless

Matthew

Antonio said...

Immigration is fine, as long as it is done so legally.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Antonio, illegal immigration is a problem, but it may be that if a country is having a problem with illegal immigration it could be that its immigration policies are too restrictive.

I think a case could be made for the United States allowing in more unskilled immigration from Mexico. That way migrants could enter the country legally and less people would die of thirst in the desert.

But I suspect that a lot of my readers will disagree with this suggestion.

Well, they probably know more about the United States and its problems than I do, so I won't argue with them.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matt

SolaMeanie said...

We take a bit of a different view here in the States because of our illegal immigration problem with Mexico. No one objects to legal immigration as the United States is a nation of immigrants. However, a sovereign nation does have the right to control its borders, and the huge number of illegals here is putting an immense drain on our health services resources etc. There is more to it than this, but it is a problem.

We have to be careful in drawing distinctions to the Law of Moses and the theocracy of Israel to the modern nation-state. Romans 13 is perhaps the best guide on that score for us today. But it would take a longer paper for these comments to make a lot of sense, LOL.

SolaMeanie said...

Oops, I meant to include this. Religion and politics do mix in a democracy in this respect. As people who have the power of the vote and self-governance, we are expected to use that vote and our voice responsibly. We are accountable to God for how we vote on issues of concern to Him. Here in the States, we the people are supposed to be the government. Therefore, if I vote for someone who supports abortion or homosexual issues, that makes me share in the responsibility for those sins.

Too many today want to take moral issues of traditional concern to Christians and make them non-touchable political issues. We can't allow that distinction. This does not make a country a theocracy as is often charged.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Thanks for sharing your views.

Palm boy said...

Interesting piece Matt.
although it seems to be a stretch to compare the two.

Alexandria and Judea were both subject to the Roman Empire, and thus essentially in the same country.

To quote that beacon of wisdom, Antonio, "Immigration is fine, as long as it is done so legally."

Matt, I don't think our problem is that we don't allow enough it, it is just compared to the walk through the desert, immigration lines are daunting. If we enforced border policy as it is set, we would have a far better time with those who waited in line.

And as Sola said, the drain on our healthcare, and I may add, to the education system, is far more taxing then a benifit from cheap lettuce picking.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

PB,
Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

You sure about immigration queues being more daunting than walking through a desert?

I never heard of anyone dying from thirst or snakebite while standing in a queue.

God Bless

Matt

SolaMeanie said...

Keep in mind also that many of these poor souls who die in the desert from thirst or snakebite were victimized by criminals who supposedly offer to help smuggle them in to the U.S. for a price. They get ripped off and abandoned while the smugglers get away scot free with a nice profit.

A couple more points that will sound harsh, but it's the hard truth. Someone really ought to know better than to head out across the desert in 110-degree heat with no provisions. I also advise anyone interested to have a good look at the majority of illegals apprehended sneaking into the country. They are often portrayed as starving to death, but a simple look at their rather fleshy frames tells me they are hardly on a diet of rice and water.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Thanks for your further thoughts.

Chris said...

The problem in the US is systemic. The US govt is largely an oligarchy, with pretenses towards representative democracy. The ruling elite benefits from illegal immigration and do whatever they can to counter the movements in the anti-immigration segment. The laws that exist are sufficient to stem the problem, but the problems we experience are a result of a lack of enforcement. I do believe that the enforcing powers have been told to stand down. The US Border Patrol has been largely relegated to a data gathering organization rather than an enforecement arm of the federal government.

The problems underscore the need for a perfect form of government where borders no longer exist and people from every corner of the world are united in their love and worship of God.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Chris

"The problems underscore the need for a perfect form of government where borders no longer exist and people from every corner of the world are united in their love and worship of God."

Quite so.

Thanks for your thoughts on immigration.

Personally, I think governments should consider offering amnesties to illegal immigrants. Obviously, this needs to be done very carefully.

God Bless

Matthew

SolaMeanie said...

That perfect form of government will only come when Jesus returns. The world will make a shot at it with a false Christ, but we know what happens to that one.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Solameanie, don't you know that the British form of constitutional monarchy is the best form of government in the world?