Christianity and Immigration
My friend Perry Eidelbus (of Eidelblog fame) recently wrote about my proposal for immigration reform. I thank him for vouching for me personally, and I can assure you that I am neither anti-immigrant, nor racist. I am for the rule of law.
There is a seeming discrepancy between the Christian charity we feel toward illegal immigrants and the need for strong immigration laws. We can love these people as our brothers and sisters, but that does not mean that we should encourage them to break the law. Christ himself believed in honoring the law:
Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. (Mark 12:17)
I agree with Perry that we need a more sensible way to encourage legal immigration. My friend, Borsós Péter from Hungary, who has been trying for some time to obtain a visa, is a skilled and competent worker that would not be a drain to our system, and yet he has consistently been denied the ability to come here. Why can he not come, when thousands can break in with impunity?
We can love our neighbors, but we don't have to love their actions. We must honor, uphold, and sustain the law.