Are Anti-Immigrant Christian Movements Biblical?
Most ‘right-wing’, ‘conservative’, anti-immigrant movements are spearheaded by what one would consider to be devout Christians. It is to these Christians that I pen this article. Have you honestly considered your actions? Here is an important point to consider.
Jesus himself was a refugee.
Mary, Joseph and Jesus were refugees:
When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” – Matthew 2:13.
Jesus himself during his ministry fled persecution and crossed the Jordan:
Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp. Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing in the early days. There he stayed, and many people came to him. They said, “Though John never performed a sign, all that John said about this man was true.” And in that place many believed in Jesus. – John 10:39-42.
If you truly believe in the Kingdom of God, should bearing the burden of poor refugees shatter that belief? Of what use is a Kingdom of God, if the poor and destitute, cannot find homage or receive their daily bread?
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 5:3.
If bearing the burden of those who are poor, fleeing terror and have different beliefs and cultures, is seen as a problem for you, could you truly say you are a believer in the Kingdom of God, a believer who trusts in the love and mercy of God?
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. – 2 Corinthians 5:20.
For as the Qur’an declares:
“…and you will certainly find the nearest in friendship to those who believe (to be) those who say: We are Christians; this is because there are priests and monks among them and because they do not behave proudly.” – Qur’an 5:82.
and God knows best.