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  1. A person going into another country illegally is committing a crime. In addition, it is likely that they are using a fake name. They are also working legally and stealing services that do not belong to them. Not to mention not paying taxes (taxes are much more than sales taxes).

    The Bible tells us in 1 Peter 2:13-14 us that we must submit to every human authority. Titus 3:1 reminds us of the same requirement.

    Repentance is the first step when we are sinning. Hebrews 10:26-27 tells us

    26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 

    If a person is knowingly violating immigration law, and continues to willfully sin, the outcome is clear.

    Repentance means stopping their behavior, returning to their country and doing things properly.

    To do less makes them hypocrites and they can add taking God's name in vain when they call themselves Christians.

    It is the willful nature of their sin that condemns them.

    It's heartbreaking to see this happen and we encourage them to continue sinning. We become willful participants in their sins. Instead, we should encourage them to go back and do things right.

    • I wish it was that easy to determine the status of immigrants. From some of the stories I hear some of them have been so desparate for a variety of reasons that they have resorted to illegal means to remove themselves from danger. That does not excuse illegal immigration but stereotyping them as criminal does not help either. Perhaps our task as Christians is to show compassion on a needs basis irrespective of their legal status.

      • My parents brought their 5 children from Mexico legally and they paid for all theirs and their 5 childrens' "Permanent Resident visas," to this Country. There is no excuse for anyone from Mexico to "Smuggle themselves," here and beg there way here too. Yes, if they do we should feed them and clothe them but they need to "Cease to do evil and learn to do well," as the Bible says to do.

  2. I am so glad Jesus did not worry about the immigration status of people He met. He showed compassion and reached out to many. If we keep His sterling example as our focus, then we too will be able to show compassion and reach others as Jesus did.

    • Well, I would say that Jesus is the one who set legal and monetary considerations to "Aliens," of other nations that wanted to become part of the Nation of Israel. There is an account in the Old Testament where some Aliens tried to smuggle themselves "Deceptively," and tried to become "allies," to Israel in the time of King David, by pretending to be "Wearied travelers," that had run out of food etc. and God cursed them to become slaves to the Israelites.


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