Thursday, October 30, 2014

How does Jesus see illegal immigration?

And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. Andwhosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

Matthew 22 King James Version (KJV)

22 And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said,
The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,
And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.
Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.
But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:
And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.
But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.
Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.
10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.
11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
14 For many are called, but few are chosen.
There has been much talk of late about illegal immigration. Many are against it. Many are for it. Some, to try and bolster their argument, say that Jesus is for illegal immigration. But, is this true?
If you take Revelations 22:17 alone, this would seem to bolster their argument. But, Matthew 22 may tell a different story.
Here, the king invites all the somebodies to come celebrate his son's marriage. All of them declined. 
Skipping down, he has his servants go and invite the nobodies, the down and outs. In fact, he told his servants, to invite "as many as ye shall find." 
So, is this immigration without borders or requirements? 
Let's go on. 
The wedding is full of formerly unworthy people. Did illegal immigration win? 
Notice this: 11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
So, the king surveys his gathering and noticed a man who didn't have on a wedding garment. 
This tells us several things.
a) Even though many people were invited, they still had to submit to the king's rules to enter the wedding and become an active member of the party.
This doesn't sound like the open borders, do as you like policies of our liberal friends. This sounds like closed borders, certain entry points, and rules that they must follow in order to be admitted legally. 
b) They had to wear certain garments. It didn't matter their culture. It didn't matter their backgrounds. It didn't matter how educated they were (or not). They had to set their cultural habits aside and willingly submit to the rules of the kingdom. 
Again, this is not open borders. This is not feel good, arms open wide, everybody come and do what you will. This is closed borders and assimilate yourself into our culture. 
So, what happened to this illegal immigrant?
Was he given free health care? Was he given free education? Was he given free housing, a drivers license, EBT cards, etc? 
13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
No, my friends. This illegal alien was summarily arrested, taken away (not of his own free will), and kicked out of the king's lands. 
It's also worth noting that he was cast into outer darkness, where there would be weeping and gnashing of teeth. These phrases "outer darkness" and "weeping and gnashing of teeth," indicate imprisonment and punishment. (literally, spiritually, we're speaking of hell. Those who refuse to enter in God's way- Acts 2:38, will find themselves in hell: darkness and torment.) 
This illegal alien was caught, arrested, cast out of the kings goodness. He was imprisoned and punished.
So, how would Jesus handle an illegal immigrant?
Catch them. Arrest them. Imprison them. Punish them. Cast them out. It's really that simple. 
Please understand. Just as Jesus has no problem with LEGAL immigration, neither do we. 
It is the flaunting of our laws, the thumbing of their noses, the crass disregard for the legal route, that we (and Jesus) have a problem with.