I am being asked about this by people on all sides. I hate to address political issues, but I am hearing Christians express views that are not only unscriptural, but they will harm the very children they desire to help. I am not writing this to change the mind of ideologues, idealists or idiots. I’m writing this for Christians who are actually looking for Biblically-based solutions to a serious problem.
Let me start by explaining one of the biggest civil and social misunderstandings by many Christians. There is a tendency to think walking in love or grace means we have no regard for civil law. In Matthew 5, Jesus made it clear that faith-righteousness, grace and mercy was not a pass to break civil law. In verse 25, Jesus used the issue of debt to say, if you break the civil law you will go to jail, and you should. That doesn’t mean God doesn’t love and forgive you personally, but nowhere does the Bible condone irresponsible or illegal actions. Without civil law you have chaos.
…nowhere does the Bible condone irresponsible or illegal actions. Without civil law you have chaos.
People who come across our border illegally are criminals even if they are good people. They know they’re breaking the law, but they hope to use loopholes to get what they want. I have traveled much of the world and I can assure you, the very countries who send their people to America and criticize us for wanting to stop them will put you in prison if you are caught entering their country illegally. The hypocrisy is disgusting!
The well-being of innocent children is no doubt everyone’s concern, even those who were originally in favor of the current law. But to think solving this problem is as simple as letting children stay with the adults who brought them is naive at best and potentially devastating to the children at worst. Studies have shown that a large percentage of people bringing children across the borders are bringing children who are not actually their own children. Some of these children were kidnapped from their country of origin while others have been kidnapped along the way.
Studies have shown that a large percentage of people bringing children across the borders are bringing children who are not actually their own children.
In many cases, they are children who will be used for human trafficking. Plus, some of these children are being handed over to gangs after the adult brings them into the US. The list of atrocities that have occurred over the last three administrations to these children who were brought across the border by people who were not their parents is pretty long and horrific. DNA testing has often proven that the children were no relation to the adult who accompanied them. Large numbers of underage teenagers that come across the border are being coerced by drug smugglers; they are forced into gangs and used as “mules” to carry drugs across the borders. The main people really whining in the current scenario are the human traffickers, drug smugglers and pedophiles.
I am not saying that the current situation is acceptable. In fact, I’ve never heard a single Christian say it was. But I have heard many Christians say the solutions that are being offered are not OK. So if you’re hoping to find a solution as a Christian, the Bible, not your subjective feelings of compassion, has to be the standard. Some would say: God is love so let’s just do the humane thing. While those who hold this position are, no doubt, well intentioned, they do not have the actual facts. Sadly, their simplistic solutions may harm more children than it will help. These simplistic solutions to incredibly complex problems will result in tens of thousands of children being used in sex and drug trafficking.
if you’re hoping to find a solution as a Christian, the Bible, not your subjective feelings of compassion, has to be the standard.
Sadly, politicians and media have made this a political problem, for which they do not want a solution. If our president didn’t uphold the law he would be excoriated by the media, but if he does uphold the law he will face the same fate. All the passionately expressed concern by Washington and the press is so hypocritical. No one was outraged about this when Bill Clinton, George Bush and Barack Obama enforced these laws. In fact, Obama publicly stated several times that he had to enforce these laws; as president he had no choice. Reports show that the abuses were much worse during the Bush and Obama eras than now.
The photos being circulated of children in cages and other deplorable situations were not taken during this administration. All the facilities I’ve seen today are nicer and more comfortable than one would expect. Even if the facilities were complete “dumps” it would probably be much better conditions than what they left behind!
These kids wouldn’t be here if they were not being used by the left. Why is no one in the media enraged at the organizations actually encouraging what ends up being kidnapping, human trafficking and illegally entering the US? They encourage people to make the harrowing journey across Central America. They let them know that the likelihood of getting into the US is greatly enhanced if they bring a child. As previously stated, this has resulted in an incredible number of children being kidnapped and never seeing their family again. These organizations teach them how to be law breakers and take advantage of system. Even though they may be good people, they come here to break the law and take advantage of our country.
The photos being circulated of children in cages and other deplorable situations were not taken during this administration.
Why is no one in the media enraged at the organizations actually encouraging what ends up being kidnapping, human trafficking and illegally entering the US?
If we were simply dealing with compassionate politicians, these types of problems would be solved in days. But we’re not. We are dealing with a corrupt political system that is working an Antichrist agenda that has already brought about the deaths of millions of people worldwide, and millions more will die. But they feel justified because it’s all for the cause: a godless Utopia, an elitist society led by the enlightened, who rejects God, morals and values. They are willing use the children as pawns, and let the human-race around the world pay any price to fulfill their agenda.
We know the elitists, both Republican and Democrat, who are for big government, actually want a one-world government. To bring that about they need open borders, no national identity and a country full of uneducated, desperate people who become totally dependent on the government. Globalist politicians created this border problem, and in fact, every problem in our country was created by politicians. They don’t want the problem solved; they want to use human suffering for political advantage.
Christians in America are doing exactly what Christians did in Nazi Germany when they succumbed to Nazi propaganda produced by the elitists. They helped bring to power one of the most evil dictators the world has ever witnessed. Maybe before you campaign for simplistic solutions you might want to get a factual grasp of the issues.
Trump signed an executive order to temporarily solve this problem. But this will not satisfy the Elitist Democrats or Republicans. The next move will be to protest children and parents being incarcerated together. So where will this stop? Will this mean that we eventually can no longer incarcerate any criminals because to do so would separate them from their children?
We are dealing with a corrupt political system that is working an Antichrist agenda that has already brought about the deaths of millions of people worldwide, and millions more will die.
To bring that about they need open borders, no national identity and a country full of uneducated, desperate people who become totally dependent on the government.
What would Jesus really do? If He were here today He would probably do the same thing He did before. He didn’t try to change the world through government policies. He was preaching under the shadow of one of the most corrupt and brutal governments that has ever existed. He maintained the focus of changing the world by changing hearts. If the church had a fraction of passion to make disciples unto Jesus as they do for their political party we could solve all our country’s problems. Yes! Lets’ do what we can to get good laws passed. But remember, the day we stop violating our Constitution by ending the open border policy will be the day that none of these border atrocities can occur. The problem is complex, the solution is simple. Do away with the ridiculous laws that make it impossible to actually have law and order. Let your voice be heard… get your representatives to deal with the real issues and end open-border policies.
good first-hand information. please post it on facebook. maybe start a petition. thank you
I’ve got it on FB, but I’m not sure what kind of petition would actually help. If we all contact our representatives and let them know, we want the border closed first, then we can solve all these other deliberately generated crisis.
Real Love is NOT always saying “YES!!” Sometimes it means saying “NO!!”
You are so right. When love departs from God’s truth it is no longer love and that moment no matter how humane it seems, it will bring destruction!
So much truth and wisdom expressed in so few paragraphs, Bro. Jim! May the Lord abundantly bless you as this article gets circulated. It’s rather evident the media has turned a deaf ear towards the children in America who are stolen from their parents each and every day here in the US by agencies like the Department of Family (dis)Services. This situation at our borders is no different than what is being covered up right under our noses involving our own children and elderly citizens, while we sit back and do nothing. We Americans seem to be oblivious to the current explosion of the “medical” kidnappings of children by some of our governmental agencies, child trafficking, separation from families, drug experiments performed, children ripped out of the very arms of those who love them, etc… It’s so past time for us to awaken and realize how we are being so blindly led and influenced by the media like puppets on a string.
Excellent article – thank you for all you do!!
I hope I not only help to reveal the truth, but it is my desire that I give people hope, by influencing them to make Jesus their source. Pass it around!
Thank You Brother for the insight I believe you are absolutely right
Help stop the insanity; share with everyone you can!
Thank you, Jim. Your insight into this problem is very helpful. I sincerely appreciate that you would address it and will pass it along. Thank you for your leadership voice. Heb 6:10
You are welcome! Thank you for multiplying truth to others.
Some photos being circulated were taken during this administration but they were staged, it’s a prime example of fake news, or a manufactured crisis.
You are right. The media is complicit in an effort to not just drive out this president, but to create a one world government led by the elitists.
Once again, Jim Richards is not afraid to give us the truth…and thank you Jim…again.
You are welcome. The truth is not that difficult to discover if we simply get the facts.
We pray daily for great wisdom for President Trump (as close to the wisdom of Solomon as is it possible to get–but with humility). We pray for the attacks on him from the powers that be in the deep state, and the mainstream media, to be reflected back to them 1000-fold, like a boomerang, but for the undeserved curse not to come to rest upon President Trump. We pray for his relationship with the Lord to grow daily, and for his family life to grow stronger.
Jim, you have worded this most accurately . Your world views are BANG on!. So many so called Believers believe all the fake news. I will share this with many. Thank you Jim for speaking the TRUTH. Satan is all about destroying our children and families.
For Canada, I pray we see a ‘Trump Type ‘Leader soon.
Thank you so much. We are living in a time of gross ignorance on the part of believers. Bible knowledge, and the application of truth in a real life setting is almost non-existent. WE just need to be the light in the darkness and help those we can help. I’ll be addressing this at World Changer Weekend in July, and in my new series Being the Wisdom of God. Hopefully that will help others. Blessings.
Absolutely! We must all pray, educate others, vote and be examples!
Thank you, for your words. I agree completely.
Dear Mr Jim,
There are international law of human rights to protect people from harm. The laws give them the right to go to democratic countries to ask for asylum. Have you personally been involved with the agencies? Have you personally talked with the people at the border? Have you been at any of the border crossings? I would really like to know.
Virginia, Thank you for your perspective and questions. I understand and agree with you 100%. I just don’t want what America has created to help people who are truly in need to become a means for the ungodly. I have crossed the border in and out of Mexico many times. In response to this blog, I have received confirmation from many ministries that confirm exactly what I shared. But please don’t think because there is corruption, that I am condoning the refusal to help those who qualify under our laws. If you’ll look at other comments under this blog you will see and interesting pose by a minister who was arrested in Mexico after entering legally, but there was something about his paper work they questioned. Our ministry is in contact with and supports others who work to stop human trafficking and other corruption.
I got an email from you that had additional question that I’ll address here. First of all the report that revealed much of what was happening with children at the boarder was written by a Democrat during the Obama administration. What I shared did not come from anything published by Trump or his administration. Politically I am neither a Republican or a Democrat. I am a disciple of the Lord Jesus who trusts God’s Word and His wisdom far more than I would ever trust any politician. The Bible, the the book of Galatians, warns against believers having “party spirit” (AMP). It is labelled as a work of the flesh, which Paul said would keep a person from living in the Kingdom of God. Believers should not vote their party, they should not follow the group, they should know and vote the Word of God.
My reason for writing this blog was not to take a political side,; it was to get believers thinking more sanely, rationally and slow down on the rhetoric long enough to actually consider two things: 1 Is my opinion really based on what the scriptures actually says about immigration, 2) Is my passion concerning this problem political or is it really about helping the innocent? The minute we make this or any other issue political is about us an our party being right i.e. a party spirit. Blessings,
Gal 5:19-21, Now the doings (practices) of the flesh are clear (obvious): they are immorality, impurity, indecency, 20 Idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger (ill temper), selfishness, divisions (dissensions), party spirit (factions, sects with peculiar opinions, heresies), 21 Envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you beforehand, just as I did previously, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. AMP
Thank you for this article! Wisdom and a sane approach. Sadly, our country is lacking both.
You are so welcome. I hope this can inspire people to solve the real rot problems, so we can end this issue for good! I also pray people will learn to follow God’s wisdom instead of their political party. Blessings, Jim
I was incarcerated in a maximum security penitentiary in Monterrey, Mexico and separated from my wife and 2 yr. old son for not having my immigration/customs “paperwork” in order. My wife and son were left alone, abandoned, unprotected on the street. Fifteen days and $6000.00 later I was released and immediately deported to the U.S., persona non grata. Most of that $6G went into the Federal Prosecutor’s pocket in the name of “expediting” my case. Detention in the U.S. is better than the plight of most of the “free” people fleeing Mexico and Central America. Mexican prison? Unspeakable.
Steve, Thank you so much for sharing this. People in America fail to see the hypocrisy of the nations who condemn America for wanting to have border protection for our country, when they have much more rigid laws than we do. The first time I went into Mexico, the booklet I read with the company that provided insurance for our group, explained the corruption we would encounter at the border. After we had gotten a few miles inside the country we were stopped by police in an unmarked car, no uniforms, but they had badges and guns drawn. Our option was to pay them a bribe or go to jail, and as you know by experience it wasn’t a comfortable building with security and good food like people who come into our country illegally experience.
Right now one of the candidates for president in Mexico is calling for countries to flood American with illegal aliens. Why! I don’t know what his purpose is, but I do know that all of this worked in the favor of the corrupt governments that send their people here. Thank you so much for sharing. BTW anyone who wants to support a good ministry that is incredibly effective in Hispanic people check out Rich Harvest International, headed up by Steve and Gwen Corgan at https://richharvest.wordpress.com/contact/
I appreciate this article yet I am somewhat in a quandary. I am a believer & I am African American. I may not have all the facts. I am open to the Kingdom perspective. I believe in praying for the President. I see so much division entering the Body of Christ. If you are a Democrat… you are the devil,. If you are a Republican you are righteous. President Obama was the devil & President Trump is righteous. Fox News is God & CNN is the devil. I hear way more call to pray for the President now than I did under the last administration. Yet in tweets & rallies it feels like great division & great racism… let’s make America great again!
This is just some thoughts that I am having & observing. I do trust the Holy Spirit & that He will lead & guide me into all truth. So you before you condemn me for my expression, I ask for those who are mature in Christ for the prayer of intercession. I do agree with Dr. Richards, “When love departs from God’s truth it is no longer love and that moment no matter how humane it seems, it will bring destruction!.” Blessings. #proclaimingHisKingdomuntilHecomes
Victoria, thank you for sharing. We live in a time when it is very easy to get opinions but difficult to get facts, so please know that none of can trust what comes by outward observance. But let me assure, all the time Obama was in office the circles I moved in were praying for Him, and wanted Him to succeed. It seems that today many, want Trump to fail even if it means the country fails, which is so sad. In Galatians we are told that a party spirit is a work of the flesh, which makes it impossible to live in the Kingdom realm. A party spirit is one that sides with a particular party, and follows the consensus of the party, not just in politics, I think this would get into race and social classes.
There are really few Christians that have any concept of God’s Word being His wisdom for every social issue we could face. God gave Israel wisdom for how to have a great, safe influential country. We’re not Israel, but our constitution was founded on those bi biblical principals, and our founders made it clear when man rejected God’s wisdom our Republic would not stand.
Sadly, the elitists want a world without God, without His morals, values etc! You can be sure there are elitists on both sides of the aisle. It doesn’t matter to them if their ideas work or not, because they are not working the same agenda that the rest of the country is working. They are pushing toward a one-world government, not for the benefit of the world, but for their benefit.
Today there is an imaginary division between Republicans and Democrats. The Elitists need for us to be fighting over peripheral issues. They want us to see one another as enemies. As long as we are fighting they can keep working their diabolical scheme. But the time will come when the church will wake up and realize the real battle is not between Republicans and Democrats, it’s between believers and elitists: those who believe the wisdom of God’s Word and those who reject it. By the time that happens we will all have already lost our religious freedom.
SO I invite you to join me and others who don’t see themselves as black, white, brown or yellow, as Democrat or Republican, but as believers. And let’s make a difference in the areas that matter and let everyone else about politics, racism and class warfare. We can lead by example and be peace who lead people into Kingdom living as we follow Jesus as Lord. Thank you for your honesty in sharing your heart. Blessings, Jim
I appreciate your counsel! I receive that “we can lead by example & be peace who lead people into Kingdom living as we follow Jesus as Lord.” This is the essence of “… the unity of the faith & of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man… But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into HIM in all things, which is the head, even Christ… “ Ephesians 4: 13-16 Blessings Dr. Jim!
Respectfully, I must disagree with all of this. Christians are supposed to obey bad laws? Then slavery would not have been abolished. Jews would not have been protected in Nazi Germany. The fact that so few Christians protected Jews only meant that they were locked into the notion – for a long time – that Christians MUST obey the law. The prophets in the Old Testament didn’t; neither did Jesus nor the apostles in Acts.
We need to examine, in democracies, laws that are harmful. Your immigration laws are hypocritical. Many, many workplaces depend on illegal immigrant labour. If business would pay a decent wage, you wouldn’t see that so much, as native born Americans would be more likely to take those jobs. As it is, so many places are dependent on this immigrant labour that your government is reluctant to enforce your laws. If illegals were immediately deported, that might begin to solve the problem, but they aren’t, allowing some to escape the system and keep working, allowing all businesses to keep wages down – another (more serious) crime to my way of thinking.
So stop advising Christians about the law. Legalism is no virtue. We need to engage our societies at all levels, not just with evangelism.
Build the wall, secure our borders, and illegal immigration problems will become insignificant.
So you were a fan of the Berlin wall? I thought all people cheered when that wall finally came down. This is a sad, sad day to hear someone say this. I lived in Germany when the wall was up and when the wall came down. This is really really sad!
Virginia, This will be my last interaction with you, I am willing to discuss or debate with reasonable people who are seeking to understand one another, but that is obviously not your intention. I will, however, answer this accusation. The Berlin Wall was not built to keep people out. It was built by a communist, oppressive government to keep people in, take away their freedoms and force them into compliance. To compare our border to the Berlin wall is either a gross misunderstanding of facts or evidence that you are not a truth seeker, but an ideologue. As such, you have an idea that is not based on historical fact, it is not based on empirical evidence, it ignores statistical data, and is absolutely not based on scripture. It is simply an idea that based on your personal opinion is right. Ideologues cannot have rational discussion or debate, like Proverbs says of the foolish, they have no interest in learning only in voicing their opinions. After the rude, insulting email you sent me, filled with judgments and assumptions, you made it obvious that truth, godliness and understanding is not your goal.
As a Christian, you might want to read the Bible and discover more about what God’s Word teaches. God’s wisdom for aliens entering and living in Israel was that they had to follow their laws. We are not Israel, but that is still the wisdom of God for any country. As bad as they may be, we have the most compassionate immigration laws in the world! Please remember that I never said we should not help these people, nor did I imply that we not find reasonable solutions, but I did communicate, when someone comes into this or any nation illegally, they are criminals. I don’t like the laws that are on our books and if Congress wasn’t lazy and corrupt they would solve this problem. I also explicitly identified both Republicans and Democrats for this problem.
God’s word tell us to submit to the civil laws: Moses, Jesus and Paul all made that clear. Obviously when any law is in contradiction to God’s word we as individuals should peaceful refuse to comply. But nowhere does God’s word advocate rebellion, insurrection, violent protests, harassment, or insurrection. I pray you release your rage, and become part of a peaceful solution for which you obviously have incredible passion, that is if you passion is for solving problems and helping people and not just the pursuit of your political affiliation. Blessings.
While the situation needs to be addressed, the evangelical church used to support border crossings helping out with finding places for these people to stay. If we are to succeed a rewrite of our laws need to happen. If they cross and want to stay, let more churches help again and NGO. Register each person into a system that assigns a tax number. When they get a job that tax number helps with a fine that they owe. They have to check in with a church, NGO or immigration office every 6 months
If they don’t commit any major crimes after 10 years they can apply for citizenship.
More undocumented aliens come through on planes than our southern border
Thank you for offering a solution to the Border crisis. The statistics I saw stated that about 40% entered by planes, but that was for last year before Biden eliminated all the policies Trump had put in place that cut the illegal border crossings in half. Now there are almost three times the illegal border crossings this year compared to 2020. If you live in a border state, as I do, this invasion is causing tremendous increases in theft, muggings, drug and sex trafficking, and murder. I do believe that the body of Christ should be helping these people, but unfortunately the current administration does not agree.
The Berlin Wall separated East Germany from West Germany both part of the same nation previously. Not even remotely the same thing talking about the US and Mexico.