St. Paul wrote in Romans 13:1. "Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God." We are a nation of laws. But first, we are a nation. That nation has borders. Those borders must be respected. Those crossing over show no respect for our borders. "Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution," Peter wrote at 1 Peter 2:13.
This border crisis highlights a longing for what our nation represents for many, but also, for others not featured in the sympathetic press, an opportunity for crime and other issues. Christians should show compassion, but we should also respect the law and want others to respect the law and our institutions.
Christians should provide for those in need. Christians should comfort the poor and the refugee. As a nation, we should be ending incentives for the perpetuation of this crisis through both rapid repatriation and rapid closing of the border. Jesus said in Matthew 19:13-14, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them." America is not Jesus. Even upon the arrival of the new Heaven, the new Jerusalem will have a wall. Its gates may never shut, but gates and wall there will remain.
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