I can make at least six or seven biblical arguments against President Obama’s executive action to grant amnesty for illegal aliens. Two of these involve government control and the redistribution of wealth. On the other hand, I cannot conjure up even one biblical shred of support for his proposed actions. So when are Democrats going to stop trying to superimpose the Bible over their leftist ideology?
In the President’s address to the nation on Thursday night, he cites scripture in trying to make his case for executive amnesty. Obama paraphrases a biblical reference on how we are to treat strangers in our land. Once again, a liberal takes the Bible completely out of context and fails to connect all of the biblical dots – so to speak.
In other words, Satan often deceitfully cites the Bible, fully aware of the fact that his target audience is unaware of the simple truth that Scripture illuminates and explains Scripture. The Bible is its own litmus test. For example, contrary to what liberals often claim, upon closer examination of the Bible we learn that the story of the believers sharing their possessions in Acts 4:32 – 5:11 is not a case for Socialism.
One of the reasons why Democrats support Obama’s “executive amnesty” is because the move helps advance their agenda of a welfare state. In this sense, Obama’s unilateral action, if successful, will be a huge step toward the Liberals’ goal of Socialism. These eternally indebted “immigrants” will no doubt expand the Democrat Party’s voter base, ultimately expanding their power as well.
Following are two of my previously published commentaries that address matters concerning power and collectivism from a biblical perspective. These two articles alone clearly dispute any biblical or historical case that Obama could make for “executive amnesty” under his administration:
The Biblical Basis of Limited Government
The basic purpose of civil government is to uphold justice, freedom, and order in a fallen world. Jeremiah 17:9 tells us, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” This is why, because of our sinful nature, a government that disperses power is better than one that draws power into the hands of only a few.
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On the evils of the Welfare State
God’s mandate to help the poor is clearly given to the individual and the church. Nowhere does the Bible discuss the institution of human government as an agent of public charity. In fact, our Lord prohibits government welfare programs for mainly three reasons:
First of all, the act of forcibly taking from one person, through taxation, for the purpose of giving to another is nothing more than legalized theft.
Secondly, state welfare programs pervert the morality of charity in that stealing from one person to feed someone else does not qualify as an act of kindness.
And thirdly, even in the least bit—and however well-intentioned—public charity inevitably leads to the expansion of government and eventually, tyranny.
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Ray Harker is the Founder of Liberty Lighthouse Ministries (www.godgov.org), dedicated to teaching a biblical worldview and fulfilling God’s cultural mandate. Ray is the author of the books God in Government and Solid Food for the Soul. He writes commentaries for several newspaper and online publications. He is a public speaker, ideological activist, and expert on competing worldviews. Ray is currently enrolled in the Advanced Biblical Studies program at Liberty University.