Southern Baptists’ struggle over immigration

WASHINGTON — As a guide for law or legislation, the Southern Baptists’ new resolution on illegal immigrants is virtually useless. It’s vague, confusing and perhaps inherently contradictory. It wouldn’t help Congress pick its way through the political thickets associated with addressing the plight of the undocumented.

Nevertheless, the Baptists have done something very useful: They have established a moral marker for their congregants, some of whom are governors, state legislators and members of Congress. Since so many conservatives in public life like to point to their religious views as a guide for their political acts, the resolution ought to have a substantial influence on immigration debates.

Last week at its annual meeting, the Southern Baptist Convention called for “a just and compassionate path to legal status” for the nation’s estimated 11 million undocumented workers. The “messengers,” as the convention delegates are called, also denounced bigotry and harassment toward those who are here illegally.

The resolution was hotly debated, and it carries no imprimatur   of authority for the millions of Southern Baptists across the country, whose churches take pride in their autonomy. They have no hierarchy — no pope or bishop to enforce adherence to church doctrine.

Furthermore, the clause in the resolution that dealt with legalization barely survived, with just 51 percent of the messengers supporting it in an early vote, according to the Baptist Press.

The delegates later added an amendment which noted that the Baptists were in no way endorsing “amnesty,” a hot-button term without any precise meaning.

Still, the Southern Baptists, the nation’s largest Protestant group and one of the most conservative religious bodies in the country, managed to end up sounding a lot more like President Barack Obama than, say, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, who recently signed a vicious anti-immigrant law that harkens back to the days of Jim Crow. As the vote proceeded, Southern Baptist seminarian Russell Moore tweeted: “Our response to the immigrant communities in this country cannot be ‘You kids get off my lawn’ in Spanish.”

The Rev. Bryant Wright, a suburban Atlanta pastor and president of the SBC, told me that the focus of the resolution was on “sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the folks who have come in to the U.S.” He acknowledged, however, that the evangelical mission of Southern Baptist churches could collide with harsh new laws aimed at illegal immigrants.

“I realize that once you start to reach out and deal with those folks’ personal stories, some interesting situations are going to develop. Those are going to be issues that every church ministering to immigrants is going to have to decide,” he said.

Phoenix, where the SBC held its convention, served as the backdrop for the debate, but Arizona is having to share its anti-immigrant notoriety. The Bible Belt — traditional home of Southern Baptists — has also seen a wave of codes and sanctions meant to force illegal immigrants to leave.

Georgia, for example, is struggling with a severe shortage of agricultural workers that many farmers are attributing to a law that Republican Gov. Nathan Deal signed in May. Even former Gov. Sonny Perdue, Deal’s Republican predecessor, said the law has created “a real fear and perception that Georgia is probably not a state to be seen in if you’re of a different color.”

But Alabama, my home state, has gone much farther than Arizona or Georgia, passing the broadest and ugliest anti-immigration law in the land. It not only gives law enforcement officials the authority to determine legal status, but it also demands that schools determine whether students have legal documents. (That’s just foolish time-wasting, since the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that public schools must educate minors, whether they are here legally or not.)

It would penalize property owners if they rent to persons without legal documents. It also makes it a crime to harbor or transport an illegal immigrant.

That raises the prospect that a faithful church member could be arrested for giving children without papers a ride to Sunday school. Is that what Alabama’s governor, a longtime deacon in a Tuscaloosa, Ala. Baptist church, had in mind?

146 comments Add your comment

reebok

June 22nd, 2011
7:26 am

both old testament law and the new testament teachings of Jesus make it abundantly clear that society should minister to the aliens and strangers among us, not punish or reject them.

B Cosby

June 22nd, 2011
7:31 am

One word-Illegal!!!

Joe The Plumber Too

June 22nd, 2011
7:36 am

We should make sure we give a Bible as we dump their butts back across the border.

Jack

June 22nd, 2011
7:37 am

All expenses related to harboring illegal immigrants should be the responsibility of religious groups.

Road Scholar

June 22nd, 2011
7:37 am

Why can’t we minister them after we know who they are?

J. Wellington Wimpy

June 22nd, 2011
7:54 am

Southern Baptist seminarian Russell Moore tweeted: “Our response to the immigrant communities in this country cannot be ‘You kids get off my lawn’ in Spanish.”

Classic!! :lol:

Peadawg

June 22nd, 2011
7:55 am

“a just and compassionate path to legal status”

There already is one. It’s the one that many many immigrants have taken over the years. Why do we need short cuts?

Jezz A. Bell - The Phoencian SinSation

June 22nd, 2011
7:56 am

It would penalize property owners if they rent to persons without legal documents. It also makes it a crime to harbor or transport an illegal immigrant.

Honestly, with the real estate market the way it is, and people who can’t sell their homes trying to rent them out, I don’t see that law lasting for too long. Money, (green power); always trumps ideaology (white, brown, or black power).

quod erat demonstrandum

June 22nd, 2011
8:14 am

If you invite a person into your house who is down and out, looking for some help, needs a job or is looking for a better life – that is fine. No problem. I comment you.

But, if that same person enters your home, uninvited – then what do you do?

While, I agree that churches and other charitable organizations should help those who need help, it is not the place of the government to provide for them.

Somehow we have gotten it into our heads that the government should be the source of charitable funds.

carlosgvv

June 22nd, 2011
8:28 am

Southern Baptists are clear in their belief in the literal truth of The New Testament. The New Testament clearly says we should obey the laws of the land. Illegals start to break the laws of America the second they cross the border and keep breaking those laws for as long as they are here. Looks like political and financial interests have finally convinced the Baptists to “re-interpret” their Biblical views. In other words, pure hypocrisy.

Corey

June 22nd, 2011
8:32 am

After the Civil War ended and slavery became outlawed the former slave states found themselves struggling with the “black problem”- too many newly freed slaves without work and farmers with no means to hire and pay them. Many of these states adopted “Black Codes” which virtually criminalized unemployed, loitering blacks. This lead to the chain gang system. Fast forward. An economic meltdown has ushered in a new target-illegal immigrants. Now these former slave states are once again cooking up “Latino Codes” to address the problems of illegal immigration. When will the south divorce it’s legacy of xenophobia and white supremacy?

Chris Matthews

June 22nd, 2011
8:33 am

Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s! Love the sinner but hate the sin. These illegals are lawbreakers and must be treated for what they are! All must go the already legal path to citizenship!!

Labotomy

June 22nd, 2011
8:36 am

I think the problem is not enough Americans know how to speak Spanish. We should all learn the language so we can make sure they understand us when we tell them to go home. You see, we’ve been talking to them in English and they don’t know our language.

Second point…isn’t it ironic that those who pay the least in taxes want them to stay here the most.

williebkind

June 22nd, 2011
8:39 am

CT! Where is the separation of church and state? Really, progressive liberals came up with that misnomer, did they not? So all of sudden you find someone in a religious environment that follows your ideology and it is the right thing to do? Ha! I say let the illegals in and then the progressive liberals in exchange will give up their control of public schools.

jconservative

June 22nd, 2011
8:40 am

Nice piece of writing Cynthia. You have a nice handle on the issue. This should fuel a solid debate.

The SBC is simply acknowledging that its decades long fight for “life” is more complicated than maybe it first envisioned. Pro life is pro life. Unless one believes that the right to life ends at birth.
Some do, most do not. At least I want to think that most do not.

I was surprised that this resolution passed. As a pro life supporter I give the SBC a pat on the back.

The solution to immigration is not arresting the driver of the church bus for hauling two illegal immigrant ladies to Sunday services or Wednesday prayer meeting as the Alabama law demands.

The solution is the Ronald Reagan model, his Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. While it did grant amnesty to millions of illegals, it did solve the problem for a few decades.

The big problem is the word “amnesty”. That is the center of the debate. That has to be resolved.

My recommendation is that we use the Reagan model.

Jezz A. Bell - The Phoencian SinSation

June 22nd, 2011
8:40 am

When will the south divorce it’s legacy of xenophobia and white supremacy?

Never…………if they did that, they wouldn’t be Southern.

Stonethrower

June 22nd, 2011
8:40 am

“Mr., I’m hungry, thirsty and homeless”! Well, God bless you.

Hankie Aron

June 22nd, 2011
8:42 am

Corey—White supremacy? The capitol of our state Atlanta’s mayor is BLACK. Please explain

Curious One

June 22nd, 2011
8:42 am

The good Baptist Messengers need a good moral and Biblical Compass – I fear they have lost their way back home from Phoenix ! 51% majority ? Nothing will become of this “heat of phoenix” call.

are there no prisons, are there no workhouses?

June 22nd, 2011
8:43 am

Enter your comments here

Terrell

June 22nd, 2011
8:43 am

carlosgvv

The New Testament does say obey the laws of the land (Romans 13:1-7), but that is only when it doesn’t contradict God (Acts 5:27-29). I’m not saying the the immigration law is wrong because there is a due process that must take place to get in this country, but don’t quote the Bible and then make a mockery of it.

Hankie Aron

June 22nd, 2011
8:43 am

Your remarks strike me as racist

Harold J. Boxwood

June 22nd, 2011
8:45 am

Harsh and ugly sanctions? Come on! Ga., Al. and Arizona are simply saying let’s enforce our laws regarding illegal acts. Some folks can’t seem to see the forest for the trees.

williebkind

June 22nd, 2011
8:47 am

Corey

June 22nd, 2011
8:32 am
You line of thought is flawed! There is a difference between freed slaves and their offspring, which the 14th ammendment corrected, and illegal immigrants. Pull of the progressive liberal veil and you can see more clearly. As for white supremacy, the north had more to bring in slaves than the south. The north had to convince the southerners blacks were less of a person in order to sell them to the plantation owners. Most people in the south were poor and not slave owners. It was a kind of indoctination of human value. Sort of like our education system is today. But a good try to rewrite the history of the southern people.

markie mark

June 22nd, 2011
8:48 am

Jconservative…..I believe the Reagan model is what got us here today; I believe it encouraged people to break the law and enter the country illegally in the hopes this would happen again, and immigrants would be granted permanent status without going thru the process. Wrong then, wrong now.

Arrchie Bunker

June 22nd, 2011
8:48 am

I AM NOT SAYING DONT CLOSE THE BORDERS. I AM SAYING STOP THE IGNORANCE & HATE.

Read this whos to blame for our economy, its NOT the POOR MIGRANTS.

300 BILLION$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ are not paid in taxes by USA CITIZENS, WHO CHEAT ON THEIR TAXES THAT’s A TRILLION$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ EVERY 3.3YEARS.
DONT BLAME THE POOR, STOP CHEATING AND OUR NATION IS OK. :) :)

What the hell happened??? Lets BLAME THE FOOD PICKING, , DISH WASHING, LAWN MOWING UNDOCUMENTED MIGRANTS. YEAHHHHHH

Before you Scream and show Ignorance and Hate at least read the Immigration Law regarding Undocumented Immigrants.

UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS ARE NOT CRIMINALS. Its a Civil Matter.

The whole thing is perplexing to people who don’t understand that being an illegal immigrant in and of itself is not a crime. The most pervasive comments made in news stories about Secure Communities go a little like this: “Illegal immigrants are what they’re called — they’re considered criminals by mere definition. Illegals who broke a bunch of laws to enter and live here should be subjected to immediate arrest and deportation — that’s fair for everyone.”

That’s not accurate, but a lot of people have that same misunderstanding — even law enforcement professionals.

During a teleconference last month on the troubles that Secure Communities is bringing to local law enforcement agencies, a few sheriffs on the call commiserated about their misunderstanding of immigration violations.

“I was always told it was a felony federal violation of law and was always under the impression that turning over any illegal immigrants (to ICE) was mandated by federal law — and so did my employees,” said Sheriff Ed Prieto of Yolo County, Calif. “But after we met with the Mexican consulate in Sacramento we learned it’s not. Then I started looking into how many of our people are being deported before trial and I became very uncomfortable contacting ICE for nonviolent offenders.”

Kane County, Ill., Sheriff Patrick Perez said that “90 percent of law enforcement officers believe (just being an illegal immigrant) is a crime, but I learned after talking to an immigration judge that it is just a civil offense.”

Sara Dill, a member of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration and a member of the ABA’s Criminal Justice Council, explained it to me this way: “States are seeking to criminalize what is only a civil violation in federal law.” Dill said that failing to get a permit for home construction is one example of a civil, not criminal, violation. “Putting illegal immigrants in a criminal context confuses merely being present in the United States without authorization with crimes such as falsely claiming citizenship or identity theft, which are crimes under federal law.”

Everyone knows that of the universe of illegal immigrants, some have committed nonviolent and violent crimes — and everyone believes these should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

But believers of following “the letter of the law” cannot continue equating all illegal immigrants living in this country with criminals, who have plenty of civil rights of their own. That’s not the American way.

Arrchie Bunker

June 22nd, 2011
8:48 am

TO ALL YOU LAZYYYYY FREE LOADERS WHO SIT AND WAIT FOR THE GOVERNMENT HANDOUTS AND LIVE ON OUR TAXES, YES THE SOUTHERN STATES, GET OFF YOUR LAZZZY BACKSIDES, GET TO WORK AND BUILD YOUR OWN LIFE INSTEAD OF BLAMING OTHERS FOR YOUR OWN FAILURES.
IDEA: GO TO THE MIRROR AND SLAPPPP HARD THE PERSON YOU SEE BECAUSE YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE IN CHARGE OF YOUR LIFE , WHAT WILL IT BE?? IF YOU WANT TO $UCC$EED, GET DR NAPOLEON HILLS BOOK, THINK & GROW RICH AND $$$UCC$EED.

If you are an American citizen, don’t let anyone tell you that you are downtrodden.

We still live in the greatest country in the world. The United States is the great experiment in positive thinking; our entire system of government is based upon faith in the inherent goodness of the individual. It was a revolutionary idea more than 200 years ago when the Declaration of Independence was first signed. Borrowing from the greatest thinkers in history, our founding fathers established a form of government of the people that is today the model most imitated around the world. Economic and political conditions ebb and flow, but as long as we have a democratic society that celebrates the individual, we can achieve anything in life we desire. All you require to be successful in the United States is the desire to achieve success and the determination to stick with it until you reach your goals.

Arrchie Bunker

June 22nd, 2011
8:49 am

THE UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS ARE PAYING MORE TAXES THAN YOU THINK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

IMMIGRANTS AND TAXES:
Q: “Is it true that illegal immigrants don’t pay taxes and drain our economy?”
A: As Ben Franklin said, “Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” Like the rest of us, unauthorized immigrants pay taxes on their property and anything they buy. More than half of them have taxes taken out of their paychecks, but because our immigration system is dysfunctional, these taxes are paid under false Social Security numbers. We need a new regimen in which we know who is paying taxes and can ensure that no one is getting a free ride. The only way to do that is to pull unauthorized immigrants out of the shadows and get them on the right side of the law.
Three state-level studies have found that unauthorized immigrants pay more in taxes than they use in benefits. In Iowa, unauthorized immigrants pay an estimated $40 to $62 million in state taxes, while they and their employers contribute an additional $50 million to $77.8 million in federal, Social Security, and Medicare taxes from which they will never benefit. In Oregon, unauthorized immigrants—who are not eligible for any state benefits—pay between $134 million and $187 million in taxes each year. Finally, in Texas, the State Comptroller found that, without unauthorized residents, the gross state product in 2005 would have been $17.7 billion less.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Undocumented immigrants are an important component of the U.S. economy. They meet the labor demand in sectors in which they do not directly compete with U.S.-born workers. The great majority of migrant workers are taxpaying, hardworking, and law-abiding people who are integrating into U.S. society.

The economics of immigration, Stephen C. Goss, the chief actuary of the Social Security Administration and someone who enjoys bipartisan support for his straightforwardness, said that by 2007, the Social Security trust fund had received a net benefit of somewhere between $120 billion and $240 billion from unauthorized immigrants.
That represented an astounding 5.4 percent to 10.7 percent of the trust fund’s total assets of $2.24 trillion that year. The cumulative contribution is surely higher now. Unauthorized immigrants paid a net contribution of $12 billion in 2007 alone, Goss said.

Previous estimates circulating publicly and in Congress had placed the annual contributions at roughly half of Goss’s 2007 figure and listed the cumulative benefit on the order of $50 billion.

The Social Security trust fund faces a solvency crisis that would be even more pressing were it not for these payments.
Adding to the Social Security irony is that the restrictionists are mostly OLDER AND RETIRED WHITES from longtime American families. The very people, in other words, who benefit most from the Social Security payments by unauthorized immigrants.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Would Boost the Economy & Help ALL American Workers: As opposed to the mass deportation, enforcement-only approach, addressing and fixing the immigration system in a wholesale manner will be a boon to the U.S. economy and all U.S. workers. That is why both the AFL-CIO and Change to Win created The Labor Movement’s Joint Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Dr. Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda conducted a 2010 report for the Center for American Progress and the Immigration Policy Center that found that “Unlike the current enforcement-only strategy, comprehensive reform would raise the ‘wage floor’ for the entire U.S. economy—to the benefit of both immigrant and native-born workers.” According to the study, granting legal status to undocumented immigrants and creating flexible legal limits on future immigration flows would generate enough consumer-spending to support 750,000-900,000 jobs. The report also found that the mass deportation approach would reduce GDP by 1.46 percent annually, amounting to a loss of $2.6 trillion over 10 years.

Corey

June 22nd, 2011
8:51 am

Hank Aaron, can you say majority black population, Voting Rights Act of 1965. When Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Milton, Johns Creek, Marietta, Doraville, Decatur, Smyrna, Kennesaw, Canton, Woodstock, Forest Park, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Douglasville and the rest elect a black mayor get back to me.

Bob the Builder

June 22nd, 2011
8:51 am

Corey, why do you think illegal immigration is only an issue with “southern” states? I guess the south should look to Watts, Detroit, and Boston to see how to handle racial issues. If it’s that bad, please make sure you don’t move here.

Democratic Plantation Dweller

June 22nd, 2011
8:54 am

We should not have borders…let people move about freely. Don’t worry about who will pay for their services.

Vickie

June 22nd, 2011
8:54 am

When churches pay taxes, perhaps they can have a voice in the government.

williebkind

June 22nd, 2011
8:55 am

Arrchie Bunker

June 22nd, 2011
8:49 am
One trip to the emergency by one family member for treatment of a stomach ache offsets any monies you claim to come into the US coffers. You do live a different world! Utopia is not going to come or brought in by a man or woman. Take off the progressive liberal veil and see the real world.

GaDawgs7

June 22nd, 2011
8:55 am

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, who recently signed a vicious anti-immigrant law that harkens back to the days of Jim Crow

Seriously??? What a racist statement! If I get stopped while driving, I HAVE to produce a driver’s license. I have to supply a drivers license or birth certificate for almost anything I apply for, and I’m an American citizen. Why does it discriminate or “target” just to ask for ID with just cause? Tell you what, why don’t we do this…if you support illegals being here (key word..ILLEGALS), then why don’t you agree to let them move in and live in your house, and you clothe them, feed them, give them shelter, find them jobs, and if they commit crimes, YOU will be held responsible!. If you’re going to talk the talk, then walk the walk! I have many friends that are immigrants, either working here legally or now a legal citizen…key word here is…LEGAL. People think this discriminates against Hispanics, but it applies to all countries. I don’t want illegal Canadians coming here either, but it just so happens to apply to Hispanics in a lot of cases. Just go the legal route and you are welcome here…..break the law by coming here, and you are not

Hankie Aron

June 22nd, 2011
8:56 am

I have yet to hear anyone explain why the taxpayer (who has not a seat at this table unless your’e counting the voting booth) must pay for health care, welfare, food stamps, WIC, educational costs that illegal immigrants burden society with. If you can explain how they can start to become contributing citizens so that this won’t be the albatross that it is, I’m listening.

Laura

June 22nd, 2011
8:56 am

As a former Baptist, I believe these comments were made by the SBC to grab some of the Latino’s numbers (and dollars). Since the Pentecostal’s already have many Latino members, the Baptists want some of that, not to mention “saving them” from the Pope. @jconservative is a real comedian, pining for the bad old days of Ronny Ray-gun. My recommendation is we use the FDR model and put this country to work with public work projects, and stop propping up the military industrial complex with death and war.

Hankie Aron

June 22nd, 2011
8:59 am

Corey- 1965 was a LONG time ago man, get real. If you want to go down that road about mayors in the cities, let’s take a look at what percentage of blacks voted for Obama. That’s a much more important office that any mayorship in North GA. When you find that number and it sinks in, please report back.

Hankie Aron

June 22nd, 2011
9:00 am

Voting for Obama because he was black is just as racist as not voting for him because he was black. Is it coming to you yet Corey?

Corey

June 22nd, 2011
9:01 am

Williebekind, you totally missed my point which is the south’s attitude about “others” often lead them enact reactionary, vengeful and target legislation.

Hankie Aron

June 22nd, 2011
9:03 am

Corey- Those cities you mentioned all are predominantly white, right? I thought so

Jezz A. Bell - The Phoencian SinSation

June 22nd, 2011
9:04 am

the north had more to bring in slaves than the south. The north had to convince the southerners blacks were less of a person in order to sell them to the plantation owners.

Great revisionist writing!! You must advocate the “dumbing down” of our schoolchildren huh? Viva la dumbos!!

Jezz A. Bell - The Phoencian SinSation

June 22nd, 2011
9:06 am

Voting for Obama because he was black is just as racist as not voting for him because he was black. Is it coming to you yet Corey?

I am sooo tired of the word RACIST! The correct word would be PREJUDICED!! Not RACIST!! DUH!!! People, people, please use google and/or Merriam Webster — ignorance and apathy is NOT pretty!

jconservative

June 22nd, 2011
9:08 am

markie mark June 22nd, 2011 8:48 am
“Jconservative…..I believe the Reagan model is what got us here today…”

I do not disagree. But we are where we are.

You and I both know we are not going to round up 11 million people and ship them across the border.

You and I both know we are not going to build a fence that surrounds the entire US border and coastline to keep illegals out.

You and I both know that American business would be happy with keeping the immigration policy just where it is today – plenty of cheap labor available.

So we can do nothing or do something. The something I recommend is the Reagan model because I believe that with a few adjustments on amnesty it can pass both houses of Congress.

And that is the ultimate test of any suggested policy, can it pass both houses of Congress and be signed by the President?

carlosgvv

June 22nd, 2011
9:09 am

Terrell

1. The New Testament says we should obey the laws of the land.
2. When illegals cross the border, they immediately start breaking that law.
3. Exactly how does that make my pointing out Baptist hyprocisy make a mockery of the Bible?

Non-Struggling Southern Baptist

June 22nd, 2011
9:10 am

I have ZERO struggle with these criminal illegal immigrants.

Out tax dollars, when necessary, should go to help the legal immigrants who came here with the proper respect for our laws and land instead of the border-sneaking litter droppers.

By the way, the Kenyan in the White House with the PhotoShop’d Birth Certificate and fraudulent Social Security Number should be deported as well.

Amen.

Corey

June 22nd, 2011
9:10 am

Hankie Aaron, seriously? News flash. Ninety per cent or more of blacks vote for candidates with (D) in front of their names be they black, white green, polka dot maybe even mauve. Are you saying that you only became interested in who blacks voted for because Mr. Obama was on the ballot? Are you revealing your inner feelings about race and blacks in particular seep out in your comments?

Construction Employer

June 22nd, 2011
9:11 am

This law goes way beyond agriculture in how it will create a shortage of hard working qualified labor.
All the service sectors are being greatly impacted, especially construction and landscaping.
HELP!

It is almost impossible to find enough Qualified, Skilled, Hard Working painters, roofers, sheetrock, framers, concrete, stone masons, general construction and landscaping workers. Everyone I talk to in the business is getting very nervous, frustrated and desperate. And this is in a slow economy!

Please someone from the AJC write about this Major Problem.

We need your help now!

A lot of our best hard working, skilled labor is leaving our state.

Corey

June 22nd, 2011
9:12 am

Hankie Arron@9:03, can you say epiphany?

kimmer

June 22nd, 2011
9:14 am

The resolution mentions “just and compassionate”. Well that should consider everybody. For instance, how “just and compassionate” is to those who have gone down a long arduous path to enter the US legally when you reward those who broke the law to cut to the front of the line?

Ernesto

June 22nd, 2011
9:16 am

Of course the bible states clearly that we Christians should obey the law established by our elected officials. Nonetheless, there’s a higher commandment; the most important one.

34But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.

35Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,

36Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

37Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

38This is the first and great commandment.

39And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

40On these two commandments hang all THE LAW and the prophets.

How can a Christian claim he or she loves Christ if they do not have compassion and love for others?