I had a more detailed article on Christianity & Illegal Immigration on another website years ago when the issue came up in 2008, but it no longer works. I'll find another way to post that later since the issue has come up again. Here's a shortened version of that article.
Although it is not the most popular issue mentioned, immigration is talked about in the Bible. Leviticus 24:22. The Lord said, “You are to have the same law for the alien and the native-born”. Numbers 15:15. The community is to have the same rules for you and for the alien living among you. John 10:1 1Jesus said, “the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber.”
Matthew 22:14-17 And they came up and said to Him, Teacher, we know that You are sincere and what You profess to be, that You cannot lie, and that You have no personal bias for anyone; for You are not influenced by partiality and have no regard for anyone's external condition or position, but in truth You teach the way of God. Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar or not? Should we pay or should we not pay? But knowing their hypocrisy, He asked them, why do you put me to the test? Bring me a coin (a denarius), so I may see it. And they brought Him one. Then He asked them, whose image (picture) is this? And whose superscription (title)? They said to Him, Caesar's. Jesus said to them, Pay to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's. And they stood marveling and greatly amazed at Him. Romans 13:5-8 Therefore one must be subject, not only to avoid God's wrath and escape punishment, but also as a matter of principle and for the sake of conscience. For this same reason you pay taxes, for the civil authorities are official servants under God, devoting themselves to attending to this very service. 7Render to all men their dues. Pay taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, and honor to whom honor is due. 8Keep out of debt and owe no man anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the Law. Matthew 17:24-27 When they arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the half shekel [the temple tax] went up to Peter and said, Does not your Teacher pay the half shekel? He answered, Yes. And when he came home, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, what do you think, Simon? From whom do earthly rulers collect duties or tribute--from their own sons or from others not of their own family? And when Peter said, from other people not of their own family, Jesus said to him, then the sons are exempt. However, in order not to give offense and cause them to stumble [that is, to cause them to judge unfavorably and unjustly] go down to the sea and throw in a hook. Take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find there a shekel. Take it and give it to them to pay the temple tax for me and for yourself.
US citizens are required to pay sales and income tax. Many illegals only pay sales tax and are hired by businesses for the purpose of paying their share of the taxes. US Taxpayer money is supposed to pay for government services to US Citizens. Instead, millions of taxpayer dollars go to people who should not even be in the country. Hillary used the Sunday school story character The Good Samaritan in her statement about Christians and illegals. Hillary, along with many illegal immigrant advocates fails to realize that the Samaritan did not use someone else’s money to take care of the robbery victim, but his own. Luke 10:33-35 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.
Acts 22:25-29 As they tied Paul down to lash him, Paul said to the officer standing there, "Is it legal for you to whip a Roman citizen who hasn't even been tried? "The officer went to the commander and asked, "What are you doing? This man is a Roman citizen!" So the commander went over and asked Paul, "Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?" "Yes, I certainly am," Paul replied. "I am, too," the commander muttered, "and it cost me plenty!" "But I am a citizen by birth!" The soldiers who were about to interrogate Paul quickly withdrew when they heard he was a Roman citizen, and the commander was frightened because he had ordered him bound and whipped. Ephesians 2-19 So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God's holy people. You are members of God's family.
Being an illegal immigrant is just becoming better than being Citizen of the United States of America. In some states, such as Kansas, illegals can get in-state tuition for college that is not available to US citizens going to another state. There are also several taxpayer funded programs that are available to illegals that are not available to US Citizens. Citizenship is supposed to be a great honor. Legal immigrants work hard to learn English and study our constitution to become US Citizens. Many legal immigrants risk death by joining the military in order to become citizens. The illegal immigrant agenda wants to cheat this honor with backdoor deals and amnesties. Even the right to live in heaven is described as "citizenship"
Deuteronomy 16:19: Do not pervert justice or show partiality. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous. 1 Samuel 8:3 But his sons did not walk in his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice. Proverbs 17:23 A wicked man accepts a bribe in secret to pervert the course of justice. Acts 24:26 Several days later Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was a Jewess. He sent for Paul and listened to him as he spoke about faith in Christ Jesus. As Paul discoursed on righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, "That's enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you." At the same time he was hoping that Paul would offer him a bribe, so he sent for him frequently and talked with him. When two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus, but because Felix wanted to grant a favor to the Jews, he left Paul in prison. Daniel 6:4 At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. Matthew 23:1-4 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: "The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy loads and put them on men's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them. Luke 2:46 Jesus replied, "And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them.
While pro-illegal immigrant Christians claim to help illegal immigrants, they do nothing to stop the cause of the suffering; corruption. The Mexican Government is well known for its corruption and negligence toward its people. When the Negligent Narco Regime of Mexico ignored hundreds of murders in Juarez, we heard virtually nothing from these Christian organizations that claim to help Hispanics. Nor do we hear any demand that the Mexican Government pay for housing, healthcare, education, and other necessities that the Mexican government is supposed to provide Mexicans. That burden has been put upon the American taxpayer thanks to Hispanic activist groups such as the lawyers of MALDEF. These Christian organizations could also put pressure on corrupt businesses such as Tyson Foods to stop hiring illegals and breaking US law, instead they help corrupt businesses by helping the trafficking of illegals. Helping illegal immigration also helps the human/drug trafficking business, which enslaves and abuses the neglected citizens of other countries. South Africans were not helped during the Clinton Administration by bringing them to the US for cheap labor; they were helped by the ending of the Apartheid Government. The same is true with those living under Communism. People such as Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II helped those in Eastern Europe and the USSR by standing up to Communist Regimes. In the 1930s, Bishop Rafael Guizar of Valencia stood up to a corrupt Mexican Regime. Sadly, it appears many Catholics have not followed his example.
28 posted on Friday, November 21, 2008 4:45:12 PM by pulaskibush (Thou shalt tax/steal from Peter to help Paul/Pablo is not in the Bible!)