(Courtesy, Kellly Monroe Kullberg)
We should take notice when self-professed atheist billionaire and globalist profiteer, George Soros, is the quiet funder of a curious "Evangelical Immigration Table" campaign to promote yet another massive and mysterious piece of legislation in Congress. This time it is the "Gang of 8" Schumer-Rubio immigration bill (S. 744).
Through the Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT), a project of the Soros-funded National Immigration Forum (NIF), progressive activists such as Sojourners founder, Jim Wallis, are well-funded to lobby for the Gang of 8 legislation that would almost immediately legalize about 11 million immigrants first, with promises of better law enforcement later.
Another 20 million immigrants, mostly family members, are likely to follow within ten years. A $250,000 national radio campaign by the Table features several evangelical leaders reading from Matthew 25, "I was a stranger, and you welcomed me ..."
These ads do not mention the whole counsel of Scripture on immigration and citizenship, nor do they refer to the actual funding source behind their campaign. Mr. Soros and many of the world's largest Progressive and politically partisan donors (Open Society Institute and the Ford, Rockefeller, Tides, Carnegie foundations), and their National Immigration Forum, are behind a massive advocacy project to legalize illegal immigrants. Ties to Islamist fronts like CAIR are also reported.
Our future should not be shaped by law-breakers but by law-keepers. Our policies and future should not be purchased by globalist billionaires. The last thing our nation needs are surprises contained in yet another massive, cryptic, game-changing piece of legislation forced upon us that will forever reshape the moral, cultural, economic and political future of our nation. This is unwise, unkind, unjust and unbiblical.
While the Bible teaches us to be kind to the sojourner or "resident alien," it also teaches kindness and justice to local citizens and our unique culture. To steward and cultivate, whether a garden or a nation, involves wisdom and discernment. We, like our Founders, should want to conserve what is true, good and beautiful. We should want to nurture a nation that would welcome our children as well as the well-intended guest. That would mean making distinctions. Lawlessness with escalating violence and incivility cannot yield peace. Freedom for one is not slavery for another unless one chooses that sacrifice for oneself.
God loves the citizen and the sojourner. He is a God of love and of order, peace, freedom from debt, wise boundaries, and of nations. In some contexts Scripture teaches us to welcome. In other contexts it teaches us to be distinct, set apart, and, at times, to build walls.
Church leaders addressing immigration politics must practice discernment. Just as the apostle Paul taught the Church (1 Timothy 5) to delineate among widows for whom the Church should provide, we are called to discern among "sojourners" (like Ruth and Rahab who intend to assimilate and bless) and "foreigners" (who do not intend to assimilate and bless) and to welcome the former with hospitality. Observance of the whole counsel of Scripture is to bless both the citizen and the sojourner, and to steward the garden of culture. Its yield is not chaos and debt, but peace and beauty.
Congress and the White House should secure our borders, pay off our national debt and provide jobs for millions of unemployed Americans, thus awakening a productive nation, in order to sustain voluntary generosity to our neighbors and to the world.
Maybe then, with the growing confidence of the American people, Congress and citizens can work together to address the challenges of immigration in the context of our calling to nurture the great story of America's heritage and future. Let's pray and work together to renew creativity, productivity and generosity for our nation and for all of God's people, everywhere.