The July 3 RDR had an interesting letter, “When it comes to refugees, WWJD?”
The writer was unhappy with the county commission for not helping the flood of illegal immigrants. She asks, “What would Jesus do?”
We should remember that in the June 21 RDR, “City’s election plans found wanting,” she wanted the city not to use churches for polling places saying, “Let’s get even the semblance of religion out of our elections.”
In the May 23 RDR, “If you think abortion is wrong, ‘don’t have one,’” this same writer states, “Another problem with this forced birth movement is that it is based in religion.” She then states incorrectly, “Our government and our laws are secular as the constitution demands.”
Let’s look at “The Bible” to see what it actually says. Mathew 22:24 reads, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s” (All quotes are from New International Version.) Hebrews 13:17, “Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority …”
1 Peter 2:13, “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority …”
Should we encourage people to break our laws on immigration? Some of these “refugees” could be criminals or terrorists. We should show people how to apply for visas legally and trust God to open or close doors as He chooses. Let’s keep in mind that if everyone who wishes to come to this country suddenly appeared within our borders, we might have two or three times our present population and nowhere to put the new arrivals.
I haven’t seen the centers where illegal immigrants are housed. I cannot verify whether or not some of the terrible stories we hear are true. We must keep in mind though, “Could this country or any other country suddenly provide adequate housing for tens (or hundreds) of thousands of people seeking asylum?” These people have chosen to break our laws concerning immigration. If someone commits a crime and must be separated from his/her family, whose fault is it?
We must also ask the writer what she has done personally. Is there anything to prevent her from sending help to the camps? She might organize a group to help these people with private funds. This is a better way than “letting the government do it.”
Russell A. Scott