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CLARITY – 8-10-19 Citizenship is Everything


A Biblical Response to Current Events -8-10-19

Citizenship is Everything

What’s Happening: “The recent (Wednesday) ICE raids, which netted 680 illegal immigrants from seven chicken processing plants in Mississippi, managed to arrest 122 from Mexico, 176 from Guatemala, and 2 from Honduras; according to officials, all these foreign citizens were given future court dates. Although the raids temporarily housed those arrested in nearby air hangars until they were processed, 300 of them were released with instructions to appear in court ( Arresting illegal immigrants has been a priority of the Trump presidency.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Leave those poor people alone – they are doing jobs others don’t want – at least at a wage that is less.”

Biblical Response:  “That’s the whole point…if they continue down that path, they will be poor for the foreseeable future…and they are taking what should be American jobs…and the employers are complicit. Employers are opportunists. Capitalism makes them naturally want undesirable jobs done at the least wages possible.- this increases their profits. They take advantage of the illegals’ desperate circumstances to give them a pittance wage for jobs that are otherwise hard to fill. They will continue this practice until laws are enforced and employers are made to check national databases for true eligibility. Industry and hard work are to be rewarded (Prov. 6:6-11; 13:4), but not at the cost of integrity – on the part of the illegal (already trying to circumvent the law by coming here surreptitiously) or the employer. Sure, the price of chicken might go up, but perhaps prices have been artificially low. ‘Cheap’ can be too expensive.”

“Christians? We should be championing the industriousness of the immigrant who is legal, noting that our citizenship is important, too. Obviously, I’m not talking about an earthly citizenship, but a heavenly one (Phil. 1:20; 3:27). While we are to be compassionate toward the illegal immigrants’ plight, we should encourage them to take the slower route to improvement staying in their own country might demand – taking our own advice, at the same time.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be compassionate, but realize we do no favor by looking the other way; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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