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No Sanctuary For Illegal Aliens At Our Church

Posted by soldierservant on May 16, 2007

This column is archived at
http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.com/c2007/cbarchive_20070515.html

For the past several days, news reports have been circulating throughout the
mainstream media regarding the decision by several churches to provide
“sanctuary” to illegal aliens. For example, a Fox News report dated May 9,
2007 said, “Two churches intend to give sanctuary to illegal immigrants to
protect them from deportation and pressure lawmakers to provide a chance at
U.S. citizenship.

“Beginning Wednesday afternoon, a Catholic church in downtown Los Angeles
and a Lutheran church in North Hollywood each intend to shelter one person
as part of the ‘New Sanctuary Movement.’

“A handful of churches in other U.S. cities plan similar efforts in the
months ahead to spotlight the plight of illegal immigrants.”

The report continued by saying, “In New York, religious leaders gathered at
the Roman Catholic Church of St. Paul the Apostle and said their promise of
sanctuary could include financial assistance, legal help and physical
protection, if necessary.

“‘For us, sanctuary is an act of radical hospitality, the welcoming of the
stranger who is like ourselves, the stranger in our midst, our neighbors,
our friends,’ said Rabbi Michael Feinberg of the Greater New York
Labor-Religion Coalition.”

However, as a veteran pastor with more than thirty years of experience who
oversees a vibrant and growing congregation of faithful and dedicated
believers, I can state unequivocally that our church will definitely not be
participating in the “New Sanctuary Movement.”

Furthermore, it is more than troubling to learn that some of my Christian
brethren seem to be so undiscerning as to be willing to facilitate
lawlessness and even potential terrorism by assisting those who have no
respect for our nation’s laws or national borders.

Make no mistake about it: illegal aliens are no more our “neighbors” and
“friends” than are other criminals. They knowingly and deliberately violate
our nation’s immigration laws and then have the audacity to demand that we
accept and even protect them? I don’t think so.

And lest someone accuse me of being uncompassionate, think again. You should
know that my church congregation is composed of several immigrants from many
nationalities and ethnicities. And they all have one thing in common: they
were willing to immigrate to America lawfully. They played by the rules.
They stood in line. And they have found nothing but love and friendship from
those of us privileged to be born in this great country.

Critics should also know that my Chief of Staff, my right-hand man, is an
immigrant from Zimbabwe, Africa. So, I don’t want to hear how uncaring and
bigoted I am because I believe that people should play by the rules and be
honest with their fellow man.

Besides, our Lord has already settled the question of how to define illegal
aliens. In John 10:1, Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that
entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way,
the same is a thief and a robber.”

Yes, I realize that Jesus was referring to the fact that He alone is the
door to heaven; however, the analogy is well taken. There is a right way and
a wrong way to enter into anything, whether it is a sheepfold, a house, or a
country. And anyone who attempts to circumvent the door and break through
another way is a crook, plain and simple.

Should Christians share the Gospel with everyone they can, including illegal
aliens? Of course, we should. However, we should also insist that people
obey the law and do what is right. Remember, God is not only a God of love,
He is also a God of law. And, historically, the United States of America has
always been first and foremost a nation of laws, not men.

Furthermore, since when is accommodating and facilitating acts of
criminality a mark of compassion? It’s not.

During more than three decades of ministry, I have had occasion to counsel
those who have broken the law and then experienced repentance and
forgiveness in Christ. Does my compassion mean that I would not encourage
them to do the honest thing and surrender to authorities and face their
crimes? Of course not. That is exactly what I encouraged, and sometimes even
helped, them to do.

Beyond that, I’ve always found that a person who is truly repentant and
honest is more than willing to make things right with the law and to take
his punishment like a man. Honest people don’t demand or expect shortcuts
and exemptions.

Of course, not only is our national character and culture at risk, so is our
security and survival. The current invasion of illegal aliens threatens not
only our way of life, but also our very safety.

As has already been reported, illegal aliens murder an average of twelve
Americans every day. This translates to more Americans being killed by
illegal aliens each year than have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan to
date.

Yet, the threat of terrorism is even more problematic than individual acts
of violence. With millions of illegal aliens pouring over our borders from
scores of nations that are hostile to the United States, we risk the threat
of major acts of terrorism.

I’m afraid that the policies of President George W. Bush and Senators Ted
Kennedy, John McCain, et al., and now those of misguided churchmen, only
serve to fuel the evil machinations of those who seek our harm.

Instead of encouraging criminal activity (illegal immigration), Christians
and churches should be promoting truth and adherence to law.

(c) Chuck Baldwin

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