Matthew R. Perry

Hillary On The Wrong Side of History

In Uncategorized on March 31, 2006 at 11:16 pm

By Chuck Baldwin
March 31, 2006

[NOTE FROM BRO. MATT:  I know that this is a hot button issue of illegal immigration.  Normally, I wouldn't touch a political issue, but I will when a politician misuses Scripture for political advantage.  Hillary Rodham Clinton did just that.  But as far as Bro. Baldwin's views are, I'd like your opinion.  Is he off-base?  Is he extreme?  What do you think?]

In an attempt to justify massive illegal immigration to this country, Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) completely mischaracterized the Biblical story of The Good Samaritan. Obviously, there is nothing unique about politicians misusing the Scriptures. What the average politician knows about the Word of God could fit into a thimble.  And that goes for Republicans as well as Democrats!

Specifically, Mrs. Clinton voiced her opposition to a House measure subjecting illegal aliens and those who hire them to criminal penalties saying it "is certainly not in keeping with my understanding of the Scriptures, because this bill would literally criminalize the Good Samaritan and probably Jesus Himself."

However, there is absolutely nothing about Jesus' parable that remotely relates to the subject of illegal immigration. Absolutely nothing! The story of The Good Samaritan is simply a lesson in Christian compassion. The Good Samaritan was willing to stop and help a man who had been beaten and left for dead. Jesus compared the actions of the Good Samaritan with those of a priest and a Levite who walked by the dying man and refused to help. What in the world does that have to do with illegal immigration? Nothing!

However, if one wants to examine the Scriptures to find teachings relevant to the subject of illegal immigration, he can certainly do so. Let's start with Nahum chapter three.

The prophet Nahum warned Israel that their stubbornness and disobedience to God was evidenced by the fact that "the gates (borders, ports, entry ways) of thy land shall be set wide open unto thine enemies: the fire shall devour thy bars." (Nahum 3:13) In this passage, the prophet made it clear that open gates or borders, which allow enemies easy access to a nation, constitute an imminent threat to any nation. How right he was!

Furthermore, Moses told the children of Israel in very clear and concise language, "Thou shalt not remove thy neighbor's landmark." (Deut. 19:14) "Landmark" refers to territory, boundary, or border. Moses further declared, "Cursed be he that removeth his neighbor's landmark." (Deut. 27:17)

National borders or boundaries are extremely important to the security and survival of any nation! In fact, the Bible promotes nationhood and condemns internationalism!

To the Old Testament nation of Israel, Moses said, "When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people." (Deut. 32:8) Notice that God "separated the sons of Adam." God "set the bounds of the people."

That God has separated nations and expects them to function independently of other nations is also seen in the New Testament.  Read the inspired author, Dr. Luke: "And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds (boundaries, borders) of their habitation." (Acts 17:26)

National boundaries are divinely ordained. Nationhood is divinely ordained. Independent governance is divinely ordained. On the other hand, internationalism, globalism, multiculturalism, etc., is not of God.

Certainly, God instructed His people to be compassionate to "strangers." (See Deut. 10:19; Exod. 22:21.) And no nation has been more compassionate, more understanding, and more tolerant of "strangers" (i.e. non-citizens) than the United States of America!

For the duration of our nation's existence, America has allowed millions of immigrants to become U.S. citizens. However, for the very sake of our country's survival, immigration must be lawful and respectful. The immigrant is expected to obtain citizenship in accordance with our country's laws. Also, the total number of new immigrants must be carefully monitored and regulated in order to maintain the health and stability of our culture and economy.  Furthermore, the aspiring immigrant-citizen must be expected to assimilate into the foundational fabric and spirit of America.

Listen to the words of President Theodore Roosevelt: "In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American. There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag. We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language. And we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people." (Jan. 3, 1919)

However, those who advocate amnesty, guest worker status (which is just another name for amnesty), or other types of legalization for illegal aliens are promoting something much different from both the Scriptural and historical models. If the people of the United States allow G. W. Bush and Hillary Clinton to get their way on illegal immigration, America's demise will be faster than anyone can possibly imagine!

Already, more than 20 million illegal aliens live in the United States. In fact, according to The Center for Immigration Studies,
three-fourths of all U.S. population growth stems from (mostly) illegal immigration.

There is more. According to the Bureau of Justice, 29% of all federal inmates are illegal aliens. And according to statistics provided by the House of Representatives, illegal aliens cost state and local governments more than $13 billion per year.

Let's face reality: illegal aliens are criminals! They broke our laws to come here. They break our laws to stay here. Furthermore, the employers that hire illegal aliens are criminals! Illegal aliens do not save money for Americans; they cost money, and a lot of it!

America is a nation of law. The supreme law of the land is the U.S. Constitution. Nowhere does the Constitution allow for illegal
aliens. There is nothing in our laws, our history, or our traditions that allows for illegal immigration!

Illegal aliens not only trample our nation's laws, weaken our economy, burden our local and state governments, they also spit in the face of those many thousands of honest and honorable people from all over the world who attempt to lawfully immigrate to our country!

I have many personal friends who have either recently become U.S. citizens or who are yet in the process of becoming U.S.citizens. Each of them is a honest, hard working person who
desires to become an AMERICAN. They are not trying to create another Philippines, Japan, South Korea, Zimbabwe, England, or Honduras here in America. They simply want to be an AMERICAN, just like Teddy Roosevelt explained.

Yet, now we are being asked to repudiate our laws, compromise the decency and character of our people, and jeopardize our very security just to allow millions of lawless people to invade our country! I say, NO WAY!

Opposing illegal immigration is not un-Christian, and it is not un-American. Neither does opposing illegal immigration make one a
racist or a fascist!

Hillary Clinton is on the wrong side of Scripture and on the wrong side of American history. So is G. W. Bush and a majority of U.S. senators!

America must secure it's borders! We must make a concerted effort to deport all illegal aliens found to be here. We must
severely punish any American company or employer who knowingly hires illegal aliens. Furthermore, we must send a clear and convincing message to Mexican President Vicente Fox that if he does not start effectively policing his northern border, we will consider him a terrorist and treat him accordingly!

And there is one more thing: we must evict every senator or representative from Washington, D.C., who refuses to protect our nation's borders and who aids and abets illegal immigration in any shape, form, or fashion! And we must do it now!

© Chuck Baldwin

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  1. Well, the reference to the Good Samaritan and Jesus is a bit odd, isn’t it? I’m not sure where Clinton was going with that one. Perhaps since Jesus was from Galilee and he was ministering in Judea? Who knows? Was the Good Samaritan crossing any boundaries to go from Samaria to Jericho? I don’t know. Like, I said, it’s an odd analogy.

    However, if Clinton abused Scripture (not 100% sure she did since I have no idea what she meant), Baldwin clearly misused scripture in regard to moving boundary markers. In Deut 19:14, he blatantly left out the second half of the verse which completely changes the meaning…

    “You must not move your neighbor’s boundary marker, established at the start in the inheritance you will receive in the land the Lord your God is giving you to possess.”
    (Deut 19:14 HCSB)

    I added emphasis to the part of the verse that Baldwin conveniently left out.

    That’s clearly referring to the dishonest practice of moving the boundary markers between families, clans and tribes in OT Palestine. It has nothing to do with national boundaries.

    This is not a simple issue. Now, I do think that all visitors to our country should be registered the same as I would have to do if I visited another country. That seems to be common sense. And if a person is working in this country, he or she should be paying taxes, regardless of residency status. All of that seems like a no-brainer and is asking “visitors” to do no less than we “natives” do ourselves.

    Ultimately, though, I think it’s important that we look at this issue as Christians first and Americans second. I can’t say right off exactly how that will play out in regard to this issue, but I’m hearing an awful lot of what sounds like nationalism over Christianity.

    Here’s the reality, right or wrong in regard to method, there are foreigners coming to our country and they represent people who can be evangelized. Think of Onesimus, the runaway slave, who comes into contact with Paul and becomes a believer. Did Onesimus break the law by running away from Philemon? Certainly, but he heard the gospel because of it. We need to use these opportunities to think eternally in addition to just thinking nationally. My church has a separate hispanic service on Saturday nights. Do illegals ever come to that service? I bet they do. But praise be to God that they’ve heard the gospel.

    Patriotism certainly has its place. I do believe this is the greatest nation on earth. But I can never forget that I’m a Christian first, and that affects how I look at all people–citizens and non-citizens, legal immigrants and illegals.

    We cannot put nationalism over our faith.

    “Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.”
    (2 Tim 2:3-4, NASB)

    “They are focused on earthly things, but our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Phil 3:19-20, HCSB)

  2. I’m with you, brother, as far as his intrepretation of Deuteronomy passage and our responsibility to evangelize those around us.

    But Romans 13 speaks clearly of the government’s duty to enforce the law against evildoers.

    Romans 13:1-7
    Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. [2] Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. [3] For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, [4] for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. [5] Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. [6] For the same reason you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. [7] Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.

    From the governmental aspect, illegal is illegal is illegal. They are breaking the law. Yet, in the meantime, we work and witness for the Kingdom and pray they will become a member of the Kingdom as well.

  3. Well, you heard me say that I believe every visitor to this country should have proper documentation and should pay taxes for any income gained. I’m not saying I approve of breaking the law. But I guess it’s not my greatest concern in this issue. Plus, we have a problem in this country that this issue has been overlooked in some places, notably California and Arizona, that if we suddenly rounded every illegal up and deported them, it would be detrimental to the local economies. That’s why there are no quick fixes. That’s why Bush is not in favor of deporting them, but is wanting to register them.

    It doesn’t make sense for illegals to have American drivers licenses, but some do. Unquestionably, it should be illegal for a non-citizen to vote in our elections–but some do.

    But here’s where the rubber meets the road. If you’re a principal of a school, do you turn away a child because you’re unsure of her parents legal status? There are without a doubt students in our schools that aren’t legal. But what would we rather have–educated or uneducated illegals? The uneducated end up being a burden for life. Second example–you’re a doctor at University Hospital and a person enters who may have life-threatening trauma. You have every reason to turn him away because he can give no verified proof of citizenship status. Do you turn him away or treat his injuries? Third, and this is the big one. You’re a pastor and a family comes for assistance. They aren’t con-artists. Their needs are real and verifiable. They need food, clothing, and a place to stay for the night. You know for a fact that they are here illegally. Do you minister to their needs and share the gospel with them, or do you turn them away? Or do you perhaps call the authorities?

    This is what I mean by thinking Christianly. Ultimately, these are people Christ died for. Just as we have to be Christians before we are Americans, we have to remember that these individuals are human beings made in the image of God before they are illegals.

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