July 11, 2014

One Thing I Agree With Glenn Beck About.

Folks who have read this blog over the long term know a couple of things about me. One is that I am a staunch supporter of enforcing our nation's immigration laws. A second is that I really have little use for Glenn Beck. A third is that I take my Christian faith and the teachings of Scripture seriously, even if I at times live those teachings out imperfectly (as does every Christian). It is therefore fitting and right that there is a confluence of these three on one of the most pressing issues facing our country today -- the DREAMer Deluge created by our nation's inept wannabe dictator's failed border policy and the open borders crowd.

Now I was outraged the other day when word broke that the Obama Regime is denying Christian groups and local congregations the opportunity to do something to alleviate the human suffering that Obama's failed policies have created. But now it appears that Glenn Beck and others are going to make a concerted effort against that malignant government policy.

Glenn Beck on Tuesday announced that he will be bringing tractor-trailers full of food, water, teddy bears and soccer balls to McAllen, Texas on July 19 as a way to help care for some of the roughly 60,000 underage refugees who have crossed into America illegally in 2014.

Beck said he will be joined by Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), and a number of pastors and rabbis.

“Through no fault of their own, they are caught in political crossfire,” Beck said of the children. “And while we continue to put pressure on Washington and change its course of lawlessness, we must also help. It is not either, or. It is both. We have to be active in the political game, and we must open our hearts.”

Beck has it exactly right there. The bulk of these kids are victims of the implicit invitation Obama has been extending to illegals to come to this country without consequence through his executive orders that have overridden the clear mandate of the law. They are the victims of parents who have either sent them to the US to provide a basis for the rest of the family to come after some future amnesty and legal status is granted them or who are being brought to the US by parents who abandoned them in their homelands in order to come to the US illegally. Relatively few are criminals and gang members, although it is undeniable that there are a significant number who are. They are often being housed in inhumane conditions, as demonstrated by the unwillingness of the Obama Regime to allow members of Congress to visit these camps (much less photograph or video the the conditions in them) other than a few administration favorites who are given tours of specially selected camps that are akin to Potemkin villages or the Theresienstadt ghetto. And let there be no doubt -- we have an obligation to provide humane treatment.

So Beck and the rest of his group are going to this camp near the border with relief supplies for the children interned there. I just wish they were going sooner and not announcing the camp they intend to visit and force the guards to open the gates or turn back the gifts in the face of the television cameras. But I think I understand why Beck is not doing so -- and I'll explain that reason in a moment. In the mean time let me note that Beck and others who have said that we have a moral obligation to treat these children properly have been condemned as bad conservatives, RINOs, amnesty supporters, and other slurs. Such claims are absolutely wrong.

So why is this effort being undertaken? Well, this is where the matter of Christian faith comes into play. After all, Jesus did have a few words to say on matters of this sort.

Matthew 25:31-46 (NKJV)

“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

“Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’

“Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

The call there is for each believer to do these things as an individual, not rely on the government to do it on their behalf, so Beck is clearly doing these things. Now that need not be interpreted as requiring that any believer support that these kids be allowed to stay indefinitely or be granted legal status. But while they are here, we -- individually -- have an obligation to act charitably towards them. Otherwise we risk finding ourselves numbered among the second group in the parable -- and attacked by the anti-Christian Left (as was done by one of our local anti-Christian bloggers in a post that included this editorial cartoon).


Frankly, the reaction some of those who claim to be Christians in the face of this Obama-caused disaster has been appalling -- and a source of scandal. Do we give glory to God when some block buses full of women and children? Do we give glory to God with ordinances forbidding cooperation with federal authorities in providing temporary shelter for the children? Do we give glory to God with threats to shoot illegals between the eyes if they don't return to the other side of the border? Dare I suggest that doing and supporting such things (even if because we have a lawless president and we fear for the future of our nation for that reason) constitute a rejection of the Gospel and therefore a grave sin -- and that when clueless folks like Sheila Jackson Lee act more in conformity with the commands of Christ than do those who proclaim themselves to be supporters of Godly principles in government we are facing a spiritual crisis that far surpasses the legal and constitutional ones of this country once described as the last best hope on earth?

I believe that James, the brother of our Lord, said it quite well.

James 2:14-26 (NKJV)

What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.

Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also

What I am saying is that it is time for those who claim to be followers of Christ to either put up or shut up -- to either live out their faith or publicly concede that their professions of faith have been nothing but blasphemous lies. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord -- and will stand with the likes of Glenn Beck, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert and the rest of those going with him to McAllen in doing so. And if it comes down to being rejected by certain friends and associates for taking this stance, it will be time to follow the words of the Lord in Luke 9:5 -- "shake off the very dust from your feet as a testimony against them".

UPDATE: Looks like Erick Erickson of RedState is in general agreement with me on this one.

I am a citizen of the United States and I appreciate people are yearning to breathe free in America. But I am a citizen of the United States and want our laws enforced, our borders secured, and these illegal aliens — some not yearning to breathe free, but here with other motives — sent home.

I am also a citizen of the Kingdom of God. And I want these people, particularly the children, to know Christian charity and love and to go home understanding that we are willing for them to come — but to come legally and lawfully through secure borders.

What Glenn Beck is doing is the kind thing to do. He is using his own money, while calling on the government to enforce the law. Conservatives and Christians can both want American borders secured and our laws enforced. But we should also be willing to show personal and private grace, mercy, and charity to the many troubled souls who have come here as they have.

Beautifully said, sir.

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I think Glenn Beck made a mistake. Would he have brought sex abusers porn to their jail cell? Would he have brought the Nazi's lemonade because killing jews is hard sweaty work? Here is the thing; he is free to turn the other cheek or do whatever Jesus would do when it affects him and him alone. But these illegal aliens, regardless of age, are carrying disease, will require massive welfare perhaps for their entire life and will in general be a very heavy burden for our taxpayers. What Glenn is doing sends the message that we want and will accept more illegals. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me..." Well that's what they are sending us, by the millions. We can't absorb them. Our government is bankrupt. We are short changing our injured veterans and taxing hard working middle class Americans to pay for more and more of these huddled masses. I have a suggestion for Mr Beck. Create a fund to pay for all those Americans who will contract TB from these wretched refuse. Pay the cost of these poor yearning to breathe free. Pay the families of the 3000 people a year that illegals kill. Maybe that is what Jesus would do. Not reward these lawbreakers and the conspiracy behind them.

|| Posted by GoneWithTheWind, July 12, 2014 07:16 PM ||

That you think humane conditions and a bit of charity are the equivalent to aiding in genocide or providing kiddie-porn seems a bit warped. After all, we are called upon to treat even those individuals humanely when they are imprisoned -- and the Scripture pointed out above makes it clear that we are minister even to those in prison (which would presumably even include those imprisoned for child pornography or crimes against humanity). And like it or not, these kids are in a form of prison (detention camps). Not to mention that they are hungry, thirsty, with only the tattered clothes on their backs and often ill. That means Jesus said to minister to them -- even if we support their ultimate deportation to their homelands for their violation of our national laws.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, July 13, 2014 08:03 AM ||

They are law breaking criminals. The so-called "charity" we are talking about confirms to them and the millions of others that will follow that the doors are open. The world's inaction and failure to criticize the Nazi's in the late 30's contributed to their belief that they could continue to kill Jews. Yes I see both of these actions as quite similar.
The Christian thing to do is to bring these kids back to their home, their contry as quick as possible. If their parents are here illegally then the Christian thing to do would be to bring them back to their home country as quickly as possible. If my kids were in Mexico or Guatemala I would be over joyed if the authorities in those countries sent them home quickly and safely. That would be the right thing, the Christain thing to do. But no, Mr. Beck wants to interfere in the process and reaffirm the world's belief that our borders are open. Well, Mr Beck the Christain thing to do would be to put your money where your interfering acts are and create a fund to pay the medical bills for Americans whowill become ill from diseases these people are bringing in. Money to pay the families of the murdered and sexually abused that illegals often cause. Money to pay the higher taxes of good citizens who will have to pay for the schools and welfare for illegals. In my opinion anyone who wants to "minister" to these people should "minister" them in their home countries. We are looking at the beginnng of a growing national emergency. The beginning of a new outbreak of untreatable TB and other diseases. Our government is letting it's citizens down. Our politicians have become corrupt.
You will notice that the $3.7 billion the president is calling for to "help" these illegals is the tip of the iceberg. While at the same time we are cutting our military and killing our vets. Charity begins at home. Sned these people home and stop sending messages that we are friendly to illegal immigration.
But no worries. Knowing our corrupt politicians and left wing main stream media I am confident that we will indeed end up giving all the illegals now here amnesty. Sure it won't be called amnesty but it will be amnesty. The rinos will fall over themselves to sign the legislation and the new "citizens" will consume trillions in welfare. And the next batch of illegals will start to stream across our borders for Amnesty III in the future. Meanwhile our middle class will disappear, our jobs and futures will disappear. Our new left wing voters will elect even more left wing nuts to legislate more welfare and affirmative action for these new citizens. So no worries, we will in the end do it your way.

|| Posted by GoneWithTheWind, July 13, 2014 10:48 AM ||

And i again respectfully disagree -- charity for our fellow citizens and charity for aliens detained in Obama's concentration camps are not mutually exclusive.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, July 13, 2014 11:59 AM ||

I am in favor of charity. It should begin with these people being sent home. And it should be excercised with private money not tax money. Personally I would rather see us invade Guatemala and other countries that are so bad that these people must flee then to bring them here to spread disease and destroy our middle class.

Did you know that every immigrant brought into this country under a refugee status visa costs the tax payer roughly $60,000 a year? About half of our middle class live on less then $60,000 a year. Where is the charity for those of us paying the bill?

|| Posted by GoneWithTheWind, July 13, 2014 01:14 PM ||

I've stated here a couple of times and in several other posts that I believe that these folks should ultimately be returned to their homelands. Have you missed that, or simply ignored those statements so that you can continue to battle a strawman argument?

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, July 13, 2014 01:59 PM ||

My comments are in response to your comments. It is not my intent to be argumentative. I am merely stating my views in response to things you have said. I recognize that we agree on many points but we disagree I believe on one very important point; What we have done in the past and what we are doing today is not working. In fact it is failing spectacularly. If we don't change tactics and change the tone of our disagreement with our politicians then they will consider that we either don't care what they do or we agree with it. That is the reason for the passion I have. Most Americans think illegals should be sent back but yet we have between 12-20 million here today demanding amnesty and welfare. It is way past time to be more vociferous in our rhetoric. That is my point. If it made you feel I was attacking you personally I apologize for that.

|| Posted by GoneWithTheWind, July 13, 2014 06:45 PM ||

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