Thinking Out Loud
10/6/13 at 05:16 PM 1 Comments

Is Immigration More About the Money Than Christian Principle?

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Are pastors truly concerned about the plight of the illegal immigrants that big business has taken advantage of, or have they simply sold out? (Picture source: The Omega Letter Ministry)

A message to the preacher…

7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

1 Timothy 6:7-11

Apostle Paul’s persuasive argument in warning to Timothy about the perilous allure of money—even if the church leader believed he was totally devoted to Christ and the church itself—the true motivation still could be rooted in it. In the case of our current immigration debate, one has every right to be somewhat suspicious of why there has been an influx of pastoral leaders across the nation. Recent statements and activities from a portion of them seem shallow and uncompassionate, as clear messages of economic prosperity and political gain overshadow any notion of caring for ay people the way Christ expects us to?

In a town hall meeting in Kansas City, Kansas last August, U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins was addressed by Rev. Jason Schoff of Mission Adelante about his “concern about the human condition with the immigration piece” of the bill. [http://cjonline.com/news/2013-08-14/immigration-comments-stir-passions-jenkins-forum]. He added, “We’ve got to secure the borders, but we’ve also got to make sure that somehow we’re taking care of those that are humans and immigrants here and try to give them a way to not fear deportation… A lot of businesses need them.” In the midst of boos and loud voices of disagreement, it was clear that the Rev. Schoff revealed that his concern was at least equally-balanced with the business interests of the area. His last statement provoked the vocal crowd to tell him to “Sit down!”

In the movie “Jerry McGuire” the one single phrase that became a classic quip was “Show Me the Money!” Today, a new batch of apparent beneficiaries have now become activists in the great political debate on illegal immigration law and policy that are using their positions of trust to manipulate public opinion in favor of gratifying another wave: the gospel preachers. Although public opinion polls consistently rank the immigration issue towards the lower rankings of issues Americans are deeply concerned about today, increasing numbers of pastors have sought to make the unfortunate plight of the illegal immigrant the civil rights issue of the day. The question is “Why?”

Are your motives pure, or are they result of circumstances stemming from the acts of illegal activity? If the latter is the case, then what moral right do you have to influence the power of government to force the law-abiding citizens of America to help clean up the mess you and your “persons of high influence” made by making it acceptable to break our immigration and labor laws in the first place? As the apostle Paul shared with Timothy, it obviously is the love of money that can seduce even the most devout leaders of the Christian faith. Are Christian leaders being influenced by the big business/cheap labor lobby? Big business can build big churches and support big salaries, you know!

Pastors had said very little about being in favor of amnesty for illegal immigrants over the years but there has been a paradigm shift in thinking. There was no outcry as our borders were being trampled and our laws broken. Neither preacher nor priest told the patron or parishioner that to use the cheap labor for their own profit was evil within itself! So what has changed their minds? It is suggested that their newly-found support for illegal immigrant amnesty is rooted more in financial gain more than in Christian principle! No matter how the issue might be clothed in compassion and Bible verses, one cannot help but ask, “Why?” Could Rev. Schoff’s compassion be more for the business interests instead of the illegal alien? Remember, liberals ALWAYS need victims to further their agendas. This shift in the preaching and advocacy of amnesty for those who broke our immigration laws includes the language of far-left Marxist preachers like Rev. Jim Wallis of the Sojourners Community.

Moreover, practically every pro-immigration meeting and speech by preachers today is not supported by a true heart-felt appeal through the Gospel, but is attempted to be justified more by an economic plea for fairness, compassion and doing what is morally right. There is an emptiness in commitment when it comes to the true compassion that Jesus speaks of, especially when it becomes clear that the religious leaders tie their concerns to the business community. In this case, they will be more convincing if they would start using the wealth of the churches to provide illegal immigrants the support they expect the American citizens to provide.

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