“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same.”
The Bible tells us that the office of the magistrate is established by God for the punishment of criminals and the right ordering of society. The only situation in which a Christian can disobey the magistrate is when the magistrate commands something that clearly violates God’s law. The immigration laws of the United States are clearly not in the least bit contrary to God’s will. God has established the boundaries of the nations (Acts 17:26) and in Old Testament Israel, the one nation in the history of the world whose constitution was directly commanded by God, we see that the state was supposed to discriminate between different groups of immigrants (Deuteronomy 23:3-8). Furthermore, there is nothing tyrannical or arbitrary about America’s immigration laws. These immigration laws were passed by the Congress according to the procedure outlined by the Constitution. Our immigration laws are completely in accord with international norms and are no more stringent or arbitrary than the laws of other nations.
But despite all this there are numerous pastors out there who feel justified in breaking completely just laws in the name of Christ.
From the Durham Herald-Sun:
José Chicas spends his days in what he describes as prison-like space reading the Bible, praying and pacing, but it’s the people helping him who could potentially face actual prison time.
Two weeks ago, Chicas, 52, pastor of Iglesia Evangélica in Raleigh, found refuge from deportation in the School for Conversion in Durham, an interfaith group that teaches how to live in community…
Chicas is the third person in North Carolina who has been publicly offered sanctuary by faith leaders…
Those who provide sanctuary to people facing deportation are breaking at least part of a federal law, 8 U.S. Code 1324, and can face up to five years in prison.
But enforcement appears rare.
ICE has an internal policy of not entering sensitive locations such as institutions of worship, schools, hospitals, sites of public religious ceremonies or sites of public demonstrations. The are several exceptions to the policy, however, and it can be changed at any time by Homeland Security.
The article begins by trying to build up sympathy for Chicas, but it ends up revealing that he is just another typical illegal immigrant criminal who has endangered the lives of American citizens:
Chicas…left El Salvador and left in the 1980s to escape the country’s civil war. He applied for asylum in the U.S. in 1985 but was denied in 2008. He appealed the decision in 2009 and lost.
Since 2010, Chicas has shown up every year at ICE’s field office in Charlotte and has received deportation delays and work permits. At this year’s appointment ICE gave him a final order to leave by June 28.
In the late 1990s he was charged with one misdemeanor count each for assault and assault on a female. He was sentenced to two years probation, according to documents from the Wake County Justice Center.
Chicas was also convicted in 1993 of driving while impaired in Lee County, according to state records. He was sentenced to 12 months probation and ordered to undergo a substance abuse assessment.
In Chicas we see a wife-beater, an abuser of alcohol, and an utterly dishonest asylum seeker who, in 2009, was still trying to escape the Salvadoran Civil War, which ended in 1992.
Why would anyone reasonable person, let alone church leaders, want to shield such an individual from deportation? Why would they go so far as to defy magistrates seeking to enforce constitutional, God-sanctioned immigration laws?
The only answer lies in the fact that many Christians, especially amongst leadership, have chosen the ideology of globalism over the Bible. Globalism is a Utopian Marxist doctrine that sees the destruction of national borders as a moral imperative. Globalism seeks to bring about a paradise on earth by bringing all institutions, including the Church, under the control of one central government. The misguided Christians who enlist as foot-soldiers in the globalist cause resist the just ordinances of God and are in danger of damnation.