Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Why We All Believe In Secure Borders

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The shrieking voices demanding the U.S. tear down that wall---before it's actually built-- or equating secure borders to the abandonment of biblical teaching---really don't believe the talking points they're repeating.

Or, they are terribly misinformed.

Or simply uninformed.

One of the most powerful presentations I have seen on the subject of whether or not immigration helps the disenfranchised and poor is titled, "World Poverty and Gumballs."

Be informed.

Gallup published a new survey yesterday titled, "Cultural Norms, Traditions Factor Into Migrant Acceptance."

The introduction says:
"While nearly all United Nations members---except the United States and now Hungary---agreed to the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in mid-July, we now know from our Migrant Acceptance index that these international standards on migration will be a particularly tough sell in many parts of the world where acceptance of migrants is low."

The U.S. refused to sign the accord on July 13, and after signing it, Hungary changed their mind and pulled out.

Gallup's survey is fairly extensive. You can read it for yourself, but the conclusion by Gallup is that people are restrained from more open border type policies by their cultural norms and traditions.

I believe that is partially true, but it's not necessarily what drives people's emotions and beliefs about the globalist style open border narrative we hear daily.

Far Left progressives always identify conservatives who reject relativism and evolving values as being bound by tradition, or traditional codes and cultural norms. That is particularly attached to Christians who believe in the absolute, unchanging Truth of the Bible, as opposed to the evolving "truth" of the progressive.

In my view, Gallup is sort of advocating that their research reveals if nations of people will set aside their outdated traditions and cultural norms, more nations will allow more migrants, thus showing true compassion and solving the world's poverty problems.

This is the message of the so-called religious Left voices of Jim Wallis and others.

Gallup concludes that the more we get to know other people, the more accepting we will be, and that will open borders---like Europe has been doing recently.

A different point of view: Everyone believes in secure borders.

Frank Turek asked in his column the other day:
"Do you have locks on your doors? How about on your car? Got a fence so your kids can play safely? Do you have passwords on your computers? How about your bank accounts? Do you protect your credit card numbers? Your social security number? How about your medical records? Do you think curbs, guardrails, and traffic lines are a good idea, or should people be able to drive anywhere they want?"

Everyone believes in secure borders.

They're necessary because human nature is bent toward evil, because of the fall of man---all have sinned.

Our Founders understood that truth and so must we.

Ironically President Bill Clinton and President Trump agree on the importance of secure borders.

Only because the issue has been politicized is there such a divide in America's thinking on the subject. And, of course, there is the matter of the public being deceived by those who, themselves have been deceived.

Commonsense shows everyone really believes in secure borders. A one minute YouTube video shows cuts of President Bill Clinton and President Donald Trump addressing the issue. I recommend you watch it.

Open borders have no impact on world poverty.

One of the most fascinating video demonstrations I have seen on migrants and poverty is titled, "World Poverty and Gumballs."

The presentation is made by global humanitarian, author and journalist, Roy Beck, who advocates that helping people in their own country is the only way to truly impact world poverty. He uses statistics and gumballs to illustrate a point you will not soon forget. While I don't personally share all of his beliefs, I certainly agree with this premise. And his video presentation should be seen by everyone. It's 6 minutes. I strongly recommend you watch it.

Contrary to the narrative of the media and the religious Left, Scripture actually condones, not condemns secure borders.

While it may sound compassionate, and it may be a great fundraising issue or a helpful political talking point, open borders always leads to disastrous results. Look at Europe today.

More importantly, let's look at Scripture.

I've written before in this Faith and Freedom Daily column that Genesis 11 gives the account of God Himself actually affirming borders and scattering people according to language into defined nations.

We've written that Moses respected the border of Edom (Numbers 20:17-21), Jesus acknowledged that nations need to be reached with the gospel (Matt. 28:17-20), and Paul wrote that God intends nations to have legitimate rulers (Romans 13).

Dr. Wayne Gruden wrote an article earlier this month for Town Hall titled, "Why Building a Border Wall Is a Morally Good Action."

He writes:
Is building a wall on our border a morally good action? As a professor who has taught biblical ethics for 41 years, I think it is---in fact, the Bible itself repeatedly views protective walls with favor.

His article is a reasoned, biblically correct call to support secure national borders.

He writes:
Walls gave peace and security" in the Old Testament world. People built walls around cities to protect themselves from thieves, murderers and other criminals, and from foreign invaders who would seek to invade the city.

Psalm 122:7, "Peace be within your walls and security within your towers."

The Lord Himself actually "strengthened the gates in the walls so they would protect the children and the peace of the city."

Psalm 147:12-14:
"Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion! For He strengthens the bars of your gates; he blesses your children within you. He makes peace in your borders; He fills you with the finest of the wheat."

When God's people strayed from Him, He brought judgment in the form of Babylonian invaders who broke down and destroyed the city walls (2 Chronicles 36:19; Jeremiah 52:14).

God's judgment removed the walls. As long as the wall around Jerusalem was broken down it was a mark of shame. Nehemiah 1:3 says, "The remnant ...who had survived the exile was in great trouble and shame. The wall is broken down, and its gates are destroyed by fire."

Proverbs 25: 28: "A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls." The implication is that such a man and such a city or nation are both headed for destruction.

Even the City the Apostle John sees in his vision of the New Jerusalem, the great city coming down from God, includes a wall. It has a great high wall with 12 gates and at the gates, 12 angels (Rev. 21:12).

Walls and secure borders are biblical because they help create safety and help prevent anarchy.

God is not the author of confusion.

Jim Wallis and his religious Left: "The Bible tells us to care for the sojourner."

It does. However...

When the Bible says, "Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt," (Deut. 10:19), these sojourners, or resident foreigners (the Hebrew word is "ger") were people who had entered the country "legally" with the permission and knowledge of the country that had admitted them. A foreigner who had entered a country by stealth and did not have recognized standing as a resident alien was not considered a sojourner, but simply a "foreigner."

Rev. Jim Wallis, Nancy Pelosi, and a lot of other far-Left progressive "Christian" voices have been calling on all Christians to come together in opposition to secure borders---an effective wall, while condemning anyone who believes otherwise as "non-compassionate."

Consider this.

A secure border wall will be the best way to keep children together with their parents. It's an act of compassion as well as national preservation.

Under the present system, families (1) who enter the US illegally and (2) are caught, then (3) they plead for asylum, and (4) they are incarcerated until their asylum petition can be evaluated. While the Trump administration is reuniting these parents and children---something Obama did not do and the press did not report or express any moral outrage over, there is a need for an ongoing policy under the current status of a nonsecure border.

The Objection. We are a nation founded by immigrants.

Not really. We are a nation founded by "settlers."

We are a nation built on immigration, but not founded upon it.

America has a legacy of open arms to immigrants. My family, and most likely yours came here from somewhere else. And they embraced the rules, took the test and became citizens.

And over time, they assimilated into our culture. They became "Americans."

In recent years multi-culturalism, a creation of far-Left ideology, has bent immigrants away from becoming an "American," and more toward retaining their former culture and language while reaping the benefits of a blessed and prosperous America. And the progressives have feverishly worked to conform our country and culture to the various cultures rather than preserving our own.

The U.S. has 328 million people today. The world has a population of 7.6 billion or 23 times the U.S. population.

If we open our borders as some are demanding, conservative estimates say at least half the world's population would likely try to come to America. I don't have an advanced degree in math---but you don't need one to see a disaster.

A quick look at Europe---the progressive utopia of the world---shows the results of open borders. They are fighting for their cultural life and their physical life in many cases.

And let's get real. America is the prize. If millions will flood into Germany and England and France, hundreds of millions would flood into America.

The U.S. currently admits over 1,000,000 immigrants per year to legally come into our country. We welcome them.

"Open borders is not a realistic solution," Dr Gruden concludes, "Building a wall with well-regulated gates declares that while we welcome immigrants, we---not they---are going to decide which ones and how many."

He says:
"The Bible views border walls as a morally good thing, something for which to thank God. Walls on borders are a major deterrent to evil and they provide clear visible evidence that a city or nation has control over who enters it; something absolutely essential if a government is going to prevent a nation from devolving into more and more anarchy."

Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful.