Bad Religion: Pastor Is Wrong On Biblical Immigration Policies
Last Sunday on Fox News, mega church pastor Robert Jeffress, of Dallas Texas, confessed before all of America that he really doesn’t believe the Bible he and the other holier than thou, self-righteous, theocrats claim to love and adore as the inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word of God. Although Jeffress did not say directly he has rejected the teachings of the Bible, the philosophy he espoused while on Fox and Friends Weekend according to rawstory.com, gave him away as what Jesus called a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Jeffress has so misconstrued what the gospel is about he has now come to believe that Jesus, the Rabbi and Prophet of the New Testament would be about the business of rounding up illegal aliens here in the USA and turning them over to ICE for processing and deportment. He must have been absent on the day the seminary class studied the Sermon on the Mount, or any of the other Jesus stories in the New Testament.
As a service to right wing extremist Christians, and the Republican Party that has usurped American Christianity I offer five Old Testament verses proving that the religious right and their evil twins in the GOP are in direct opposition to the will of heaven when it comes to the treatment of the alien within our land. And I would add, viewing these verses it would seem tightening immigration laws is the opposite of what the Bible says God’s people should be doing.
- Leviticus 19 (9 &10)
When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. 10 And you shall not glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather every grape of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger: I am the Lord your God.
Well, right off the bat we see a Biblical command from none other than the Lord your God that makes deliberate sinners out of most of corporate America and the money grubbers who believe the myth of the “free market”. Some of the “harvest” must intentionally be left in the fields for the poor and the stranger. (stranger here is anyone who is not a citizen of the local community) So not only are we not supposed to try and run the stranger off, we are to make sure they have access to food, just the opposite of what most Republicans propose.
2. Leviticus 19: 33
33 And if a stranger dwells with you in your land, you shall not mistreat him. 34 The stranger who dwells among you shall be to you as one born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
If America is a “Christian Nation”, we sure as hell screwed this one up. God commands us to LOVE the immigrant as if they were a native born child. There is no wiggle room here for pseudo-Christians to hide behind. If they take a hard line towards deporting immigrants then these religious blowhards are ignoring a direct command from their own Holy Book and their own God.
3. Exodus 22: 21
21 “You shall neither mistreat a stranger nor oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.
Once again, and the Bible repeats this theme throughout, God’s people are to remember that once they were strangers in a foreign land and so they should not abuse those who come to our country seeking a better life.
4. Exodus 23: 9
“Also you shall not oppress a stranger, for you know the heart of a stranger, because you were strangers in the land of Egypt.
So I am thinking that the building of walls and fences, armed patrols along the border, detention centers and jails might seem somewhat oppressive to our brown skinned brothers and sisters from south of our borders.
5. Numbers 15: 15
The community is to have the same rules for you and for the foreigner residing among you; this is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. You and the foreigner shall be the same before the Lord.
If we are a Christian Nation, (and no we are not, but we are mostly a nation of Christians, but even that is changing) then there is no distinction between citizen and alien when it comes to the law, according to the God of the Old Testament.
Preachers of hate like Jeffress do a disservice to the faithful who actually try to follow the teaching of Christ.