The Christian’s View Of Legal Immigration
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager (http://www.wordsoftruth.net)
A. First, let’s be clear that no faithful Christian is in support of breaking civil laws (I Peter 2:13-16), unless they conflict with God’s law (Acts 5:29).
1. Christians know that God has given civil government authority to govern the land and execute civil judgment (Romans 13:1-7).
2. Christians are a people of civil peace, not protest (Matthew 5:9 and Hebrews 12:14).
a. We’ll bend over backwards for civil peace (Matthew 5:38-48).
b. However, we will stand for the truth forcefully and unwaveringly (John 2:13-17, Philippians 1:17, and Jude 3-4).
B. Understand that this land, as with all lands, belongs to NO MAN (Deuteronomy 10:14 and I Corinthians 10:26).
1. We’re just [in essence] borrowing this land (Psalms 115:16).
2. Fighting over borrowed land is ignorant, especially considering the true owner is going to just burn it up anyway (II Peter 3:10-14).
II. Body: Galatians 5:14; cf. Luke 10:25-37
A. Christians should not have racial prejudices (James 2:1, James 2:8-9, and James 3:9-10).
1. We understand that all people come from one source (Genesis 1:27, Isaiah 45:12, and Malachi 2:10).
2. We understand that God has made, of one blood, all nations (Acts 17:24-26).
3. As Christians, we’re concerned about what a person does, not his or her racial ethnicity (Matthew 7:15-20).
B. Christians see new people in a country as people that we may be able to help be saved (Mark 16:15-16 and Colossians 1:5-6).
1. The Lord wants EVERYONE to be saved (I Timothy 2:1-6 and Titus 2:11).
2. Additionally, once converted, there are no skin colors amongst brethren (Galatians 3:26-29).
C. As Gentiles in the flesh, we understand what it is like [SPIRITUALLY] to be aliens (Ephesians 2:11-13).
1. We can relate to wanting freedom and opportunity (Galatians 5:1).
2. Consider the people of Juarez as an example… If they should lawfully enter this country, how can a Christian not have mercy in desiring to see them have safer lives (Matthew 5:7 and Colossians 3:12)?
III. Conclusion: Truthfully, the America’s belonged once to a people that no longer have control. Thus, we’re all decedents of immigrants (unless you are fully a “Native American”).
A. Let’s always remember that the land we live for is nowhere here to be found (Hebrews 13:14).
B. We’re just sojourners [temporary residents] in this place (I Peter 1:17 and I Peter 2:11).
© 2011 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager