“Love thy neighbor,” the Good Book says and now it has become a talking point used by the left, and some on the right, as an argument against border security, immigrant & visitor vetting, and for massive refugee programs in our states.
I am immediately reminiscent of the days where we heard the phrase, “Compassionate Conservative,” being used by former President George W. Bush to espouse his views on government actions to promote general welfare. This idea of “Compassionate Conservatism” arguably cost the taxpayers a heavy levy as entitlement and special interest spending grew exponentially during his administration with federal government spending growth at around 53%.
Today, we are once again faced with the question of whether we should be “Compassionate Conservatives,” to illegal immigrants and refugees. If we say, “Build the wall and build it tall,” we are labeled as xenophobic, and unchristian in our thinking. If we say, “Sanctuary cities are havens for crime and promote lawlessness,” we are called hateful and racist. If we question the security measures of vetting refugees entering our nation, we are heartless fear-mongers.
I am here to tell you, that I am for tightly secured borders, aiding refugees, and for building a wall, AND I am also for loving my neighbor. Christ called ME to love my neighbor, not the federal government. See the thing is, the American Christian church has conceded loving our neighbor to local, state, and federal government programs. Many of these programs fail to show compassion and real love to our fellow citizens. Filling out a form for food assistance at the local social services department is fine, but is that more loving than my family buying food for a needy family myself or inviting them to my home to share a meal? Christ called us to fellowship with one another and gave us examples of breaking bread together to share the good news of His salvation. I don’t see any references in the Bible where Jesus sent a needy person to the local food stamp office.
We are called to be the hands and feet of compassion by organizing local food banks, homeless shelters, and clothing drives. We are called to be the Compassionate Conservative who hugs a neighbor who needs a good cry because they are going through something tough. We are called mentor the fatherless or offer a helping hand to a single mother. This call to action transcends race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation (yes, I said that too).
I see Compassionate Conservatism & loving my neighbor everywhere I look.
One of my best friends met a woman and her son who were Muslim refugees from Yemen at her local park. She’s in favor of building the wall and increased border security. You know what my friend did? She spent time with her and her son, along with her own family, in the woman’s home. They talked about being moms. They talked about the woman’s struggle with her son’s developmental delay as the woman shared her heart about the matter with my friend. They talked about life. The Yemenis woman recently moved and they are remaining in contact. No fear. No xenophobia. Just coffee and a good cry between moms. That’s loving your neighbor.
A nearby town has a clothing donation ministry where local migrant Mexican workers can go to receive very low cost clothing. For over a decade, I have seen some of the same women working in that ministry multiple days a week. That’s loving your neighbor.
The small county in which I live has a local food bank that feeds about 100 families a week. This food bank is driven by donations and volunteer work. Anybody is welcome who is in need. No race checks. No country of origin questionnaires. That’s loving your neighbor.
I could go on and on, and I am sure you could too, about how we see our friends and neighbors showing love without governmental strings attached.
Border security is essential to the well-being and sovereignty of any nation. The Vatican itself has a security wall and I am sure few could argue against the charitable nature of the Catholic church community. Our southern border is being flooded with those breaking our laws by sneaking in to enjoy our country’s rich benefits. They are bringing with them drugs and gang violence. The opioid epidemic alone that is killing so many young Americans should give us a strong desire to secure our border. In addition, the open border is an invitation for those wishing harm to Americans to enter at will.
The open border is costing us billions of dollars in taxpayer money. Imagine if those dollars were put back into the pockets of Americans? Knowing the statistics on the generosity of the American people, I would bet that loving our neighbor in our communities would grow well beyond we could imagine.
Sanctuary cities are no more loving and compassionate than government handouts that fail to reach the heart and soul of a person’s need. They are instead havens for those seeking to break our laws and dodge justice. Mayors and city council members who fail to uphold the rule of law and their oaths of office should be charged criminally. They are blatantly telling federal and state government law enforcement that the rule of law doesn’t apply to them.
In regards to refugee aid, I say we continue to help them with aid (as we have always done) and humanitarian efforts in their homelands. I am not opposed to refugees coming to the United States at all, but I am opposed to bringing them in thousands at a time with no real plan for community integration and adoption of the American culture. The Center for Immigration Studies estimates that the cost to taxpayers is $64,370 to bring in a Middle Eastern refugee. The estimate, they report, is “12 times what the UN estimates it costs to care for one refugee in neighboring Middle Eastern countries.” We could do so much more in their home nations with these dollars than we can here in the United States.
We can be compassionate, conservative and loving while at the same time saying no to poor vetting, lawless Mayoral directives, massive refugee intake, and open borders. Our society has changed the definition of love to mean that I must be accepting of people groups within countries aimed at harming our way of life or robbing our system of the rule of law and justice. I reject rhetoric that demeans the entirety of a group, but I support President Trump’s decision (and his right under the law) to do what the federal government is bound to do by our Constitution which is to provide for the general security of our nation. In the meantime, I will continue to love my neighbor as I always have by reaching out to them myself without the government telling me how and when to do it.
An online petition is here asking Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney to retract his Mayoral Directive making Richmond a sanctuary city. Please sign it.
Genesis 11:6,7,8. Apparently, the Lord does not want mankind gathering in one country. The Lord scattered people for a reason. Gathering in on place caused problems then, and it is causing problems now.
Besides, it’s not about immigration, it’s about illegal immigration.
Great article! Thanks for posting!
I am here to tell you, that I am for tightly secured borders, aiding refugees, and for building a wall, AND I am also for loving my neighbor. Christ called ME to love my neighbor, not the federal government. See the thing is, the American Christian church has conceded loving our neighbor to local, state, and federal government programs.
C’mon, now?! The author can’t be so ignorant and ‘care-less’, can she/he/they, to forget that the ‘American Christian Church’ helped to invent White Supremacy, enforce legal White Supremacy for centuries, and coerce White Supremacist social policies and ‘traditions’ even as we speak? ..
From the beginning, the ‘American Christian Church’ was invested in the Godless Heresy and Idolatry of slavery. During the 18th century ‘Great Awakening’ – which was a great moral and social change movement before the Revolutionary War, that helped contribute moral values to the Revolution and new country, including Abolitionist values – one of the greatest preachers, George Whitfield, endorsed slavery in the Colony of Georgia because he needed enslaved labor to keep his ‘ministries’ going. And rather than finding unity with their ‘northern’ sisters and brothers in the Lord Jesus Christ the southern ‘American Christians’ endorsed slavery, an utter Idolatry against God’s Sovereignty, and an utter heresy against the words of the Jesus of Nazareth and the Living Word of God.
With centuries of practice ‘American Christian Church’ people are very familiar with finding ways to describe people that they don’t like as somehow or another ‘not my neighbor’. Those Blacks are not my neighbor (because see how they live). Those Mexicans are certainly not my neighbors (because they don’t even speak English). Those Asians? no way …. their food stinks. Those gays, those feminists, those transgenders, those this or that. ICKY! Those Muslims are actually my enemies and should be kept out because I’ll shoot any one of them who comes over here’ …. etc.
American Christians contorted the Holy Scriptures – even the very recorded words of the Savior! – to defend slavery, to defend ‘Jim Crow’ apartheid, to defend injustice ( injustice in voting, injustice in bank lending, injustice in public schools, injustice in public resources – SEPARATE BUT ( ‘cough cough lie lie’ ) EQUAL, …. and the depths of Christian idolatry and heresy went so far to say that even water couldn’t be shared …. utterly contrary to the very words of the Savior that he was the Living Water ( racist, segregationist, idolatrous Christians made Jesus – an ancient Israelite – to be somehow ‘White’, so surely he meant Living Water for ‘Whites Only’, right?).
UNLESS and UNTIL each and every denomination, fellowship, and congregation, and bible study groups of ‘American Christians’ deal openly, transparently, and completely with the legacies of White Supremacy can they/we tell Yahweh, the God of Creation, that we re obedient to the First, Second and Third Commandments.
even something as necessary to life as clear water – WHITE ONLY, etc).
I do not agree with this article for reasons I will not go into at this time, but I know for certain that people – and that includes you, GBWU, with your white guilt mongering – have used the Bible to promote EVERY agenda imaginable – from communism, to Nazism, from slavery to capitalism, from anti-Semitism and racism to radical egalitarianism. Yes, it is true that the many churches defended White Supremacy. After all, the church is people and the church reflected the sentiments of the people at the time. But the Church was also at the forefront of the civil rights movement.
I believe in separation of church and state and I look to the Bible neither for answers to 21st century political problems nor to advocate prescriptions for PUBLIC policy problems. I am guided by reason, logic, fact, and data. As is written in the Bible, Jesus came to bring people closer to God and to have people treat each other as they would have themselves be treated. The world of following Jesus, as I read it, is at the personal level. To witness at the personal level and not to use the coercive power of the state to enact any agenda. Jesus never spoke of politics nor did not come to advocate particular political positions. If people wish to use the Bible to advocate Open Borders then they should work to change the laws, and not break them.
Globalism. We educate foreign people who never return to help their homeland.
Globalism. We give up our jobs to enrich foreign “white” oligarchs who outsource their poverty stricken brown people to the US.
Globalism. We send our military to fight conflicts that no one else is willing to fight.
Globalism. Our cash will soon no longer be King.
Globalism. Good for you? Good for me? mmm wait! We ain’t doing PT here.
We’re supposed to be living in a society beneficial for all citizens instead of being just one more debt slave in a land of millions. What fence will Americans have to jump over some day?
What will being ‘Republican/Democrat’ mean then?
Excellent post. A powerful one, too. “Loving thy neighbor” threatens today’s political Establishment.
Church “charity” work has become a billion dollar industry.
“Love thy neighbor” has been weaponed by our enemies into a weapon of genocide. Strong borders and restricted immigration is ‘love of thy neighbor,’ all the neighbor(s) that live next door to your house.
The totalitarian welfare state advocates have added the idea of sanctuary to their global control scheme. The abuse of sanctuary is not populist, and certainly not American, as it is part of the push for open borders. To see the impact of this leftist created situation, translate “sanctuary city” into “no-go zone” because eventually that is what it must become.
Many thanks to the author for framing a discussion for a reasonable approach to the issues of border control and refugee admissions. It’s nice to have a break from the polarized hysteria that has become the standard of late.
“Sanctuary cities are … havens for those seeking to break our
laws and dodge justice.”