Wednesday, July 16, 2014
WH: "We've Substantially Improved Global Tranquility"
The White House reported yesterday that the Obama policies have "substantially improved global tranquility."
Even the most cynical reporters in the press briefing were stunned.
Eyebrows were raised.
Meanwhile, Senator Jeff Sessions has sent a letter to all 535 members of Congress, identifying how the President plans to circumvent Congress and legalize millions of illegal adults through executive power.
"That" Sen. Sessions, who is the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, said, "it could destroy the American Republic as we know it."
Sessions letter is a detailed account of how the president is moving to legalize millions of illegal aliens---without approval from Congress.
Many are asking what is the biblical position regarding secure national borders and amnesty?
The reporters were stunned when they heard the White House press secretary, speaking for the President, say his policies have "substantially improved global tranquility."
These are the people who are reporting on national and world news every day, and the casual observer knows the world is burning in conflict, our nation is embroiled in scandal after scandal while our southern border is almost non-existent due to this President's policies.
These are conditions we have not seen since the 1970s when Jimmy Carter's policies were in place.
Even ABC News reporter Jon Karl was taken back by the remark. He pressed the White House spokesman asking why then the President's Attorney General Eric Holder said last Sunday that the conditions in the Middle East are "more frightening than anything I think I've seen as attorney general"?
Karl asked, "Do you think the president's policies bears any responsibility for this?"
Spokesman Earnest replied that the president is guided by one principle--"the national security of the United States of America."
That's becoming more and more difficult to believe.
Senator Jeff Sessions is "shouting from the roof top" that we have a problem.
His letter to all 535 people in Congress is detailed and well documented. The link above includes a copy of his letter.
Sessions points out, and documents, that the president has given "quiet credence to recommendations from La Raza (an activist Hispanic organization dedicated to "reclaiming" the south western part of the United States for Mexico) and other immigration groups that between 5 million and 6 million adult illegal immigrants could be spared deportation under a form of deferred adjudication related to the so-called "Dreamers" act from June of 2012.
Sessions documents that the President has "now ordered the Homeland Security and Justice Department to find executive authorities that could enlarge that non-prosecutorial umbrella by a factor of 10."
That does not sound like someone who is trying to look out for the best interests of the US.
Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John McCain (R-AZ) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) are said to be working on a bi-partisan solution to the chaos on our borders. It could be introduced as early as today.
Sessions is not optimistic about their plan---whatever it is. He says "all this bickering in Washington is a facade that doesn't address the real problem."
"As you know, over the last 5 and a half years, the President has routinely by-passed Congress in order to suspend enforcement of our immigration laws," he says.
Sessions says the "most dramatic of these lawless directives was the president's 2012 Deferred Action Program for Childhood Arrivals, in which the president implemented by executive fiat legislation that Congress has three times rejected."
He says this president has declared to the entire world that the US will not enforce our immigration laws against those who enter as minors. He says the president created this disaster, and Congress must fix it.
He says, "If Congress passes a supplemental spending bill with out regard to a secure border, it is not a question of if the President will suspend more immigration laws, but only how many he will suspend."
Session's letter says, "Congress cannot surrender to this lawlessness. Acting in defense of Congress, our constituents and their communities, we must stand firm."
He says, "This transcends politics."
It does. It is a moral issue. Millions of Americans believe the Bible is the basis of human morality. But does the Bible speak to the issues of borders? And amnesty?
In today's secular global culture, there is a sense that the idea of borders is an old, outdated one. Progressivism and secular enlightenment has carried us beyond all that, they say.
However, the relevant issue for Christians is not what the culture says, but what the Bible says, and on the subject of national borders and amnesty, the Bible is quite clear.
The book of Genesis describes the first attempt at a one world order. The Tower of Babel was a miserable failure. In this historic account we see God's plan for mankind to be divided into nations, and it is very clear.
In Deut. 32:8, God explicitly affirms His plan to divide the "sons of Adam into nations." Acts 17: 26-27 adds to this statement by further affirming God's model sets boundaries among men so that they "would seek after God."
Biblically there is a link between nationhood and godliness.
Isaiah 14:12 reveals that it is Satan who weakens the nations.
The Christian prophetic writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn wrote, "The disappearance of nations would impoverish us no less than if all peoples were made alike, with one character, one face. Nations are the wealth of mankind, they are its generalized personalities: the smallest of them has its own particular colors and embodies a particular facet of God's design."
God's prototype of nationhood in the Bible was the nation of Israel. Though it was diverse---divided into twelve tribes, Israel had a core identity based on religious belief, culture, ethnicity, language and borders.
When Israel failed to sustain this model, they experienced significant cultural and spiritual difficulties.
Multiculturalism did not work then and it doesn't work now. Several countries in Europe are discovering this truth as we speak.
Proponents of open borders often quote Scriptures they claim are supportive of this idea.
Jim Wallis and others in the so-called "religious left" often use Lev. 19:34 which commands Israelites to treat strangers (foreigners) as natives and to love them as themselves.
Israel did in fact admit "strangers" to dwell among them. Commonly these were "sojourners" or foreigners who came for a time and left. They could only enter and remain if they committed to obey all the laws of Israel as stated in Num. 9:14, 15:16, Lev. 18:26, 24:22.
The part the religious left always fails to address is that the Old Testament model for nationhood includes the foreigners abiding by the law.
The immigration crises we face at this time in our country involves people who are breaking the laws of our land. Many of those coming to America over the past number of years, now encouraged by our president and the religious left are disregarding the law, while demanding and expecting Christian compassion.
Now, as children are being illegally sent across our borders, although heart breaking, it is still in defiance of our laws.
Our Christian compassion cries out to help these kids, and now that they are here, we must. But we must guard against those who may be using these children as pawns to further a political and social agenda.
Compassion is a Christian virtue. But compassion in this sense has limits. Beyond those limits compassion becomes permissiveness and lawlessness, which ends in chaos and destruction.
Romans 13:1-7 justifies government on the grounds of maintaining order against lawlessness.
Amnesty promotes law breaking by rewarding it.
In addition to compassion, wisdom is also a Christian virtue. Read Proverbs 1-3. Wisdom calls on us to determine what is true and workable. Amnesty does not solve any problems, as we have seen repeatedly.
True compassion embraces wisdom. And it embraces the concept of law. Why should we expect foreigners to respect our laws if we don't?
On a personal and national basis, the words of Proverbs speaks to us all. "A righteous man leaves an inheritance for his children's children."
I agree with Senator Sessions, the policies of this President could destroy this Republic as we know it.
Ronald Reagan also agrees: "You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children, and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done."
God help us.