LETTER: Support immigration laws
To the editor:
In recent years, some cities, including the Twin Cities, have taken it upon themselves to become so-called "sanctuary cities" for illegal immigrants. That is to say, they refuse to enforce the immigration laws of our nation.
More recently, some churches have begun to climb on board the sanctuary bandwagon and are, or soon will be, harboring illegal immigrants within their very walls. I hope that practice doesn't make its way here to Alexandria, but if any of our local clergy and congregations are considering it, I'd like to remind them of what God says in His Word.
While passages like Exodus 22:21, Leviticus 19:33-34 and Matthew 25:35 do promote believers being kind to strangers/foreigners, neither they nor any other Scripture passage promotes engaging in illegal activities. In fact, in areas that do not clearly conflict with God's Word, we are called in Romans 13:1-7 to obey our governing authorities and their laws. If we do not, then just as the passage states, we are sinning directly against God.
Now, some may try to counter by citing Acts 5:29: "We must obey God rather than man." However, the context of that verse regards something that directly contradicted God's commands. Having and following national immigration laws do not contradict God's commands.
So, to any area clergy and congregations currently supporting illegal immigration or considering doing so, I would kindly, lovingly beg of you to carefully and prayerfully reconsider and repent. Then, please endeavor to help others in ways that do not disobey both our laws and, most importantly, God, Himself. Thank you.