Is On The Wrong Side Of History
By Chuck Baldwin
Food For Thought From The Chuck Wagon
March 31, 2006
In an attempt to justify massive illegal
immigration to this country, Senator Hillary Clinton
(D-NY) completely mischaracterized the Biblical
story of The Good Samaritan. Obviously, there is
nothing unique about politicians misusing the
Scriptures. What the average politician knows about
the Word of God could fit into a thimble. And that
goes for Republicans as well as Democrats!
Specifically, Mrs. Clinton voiced her opposition
to a House measure subjecting illegal aliens and
those who hire them to criminal penalties saying it
"is certainly not in keeping with my understanding
of the Scriptures, because this bill would literally
criminalize the Good Samaritan and probably Jesus
However, there is absolutely nothing about Jesus'
parable that remotely relates to the subject of
illegal immigration. Absolutely nothing! The story
of The Good Samaritan is simply a lesson in
Christian compassion. The Good Samaritan was willing
to stop and help a man who had been beaten and left
for dead. Jesus compared the actions of the Good
Samaritan with those of a priest and a Levite who
walked by the dying man and refused to help. What in
the world does that have to do with illegal
However, if one wants to examine the Scriptures
to find teachings relevant to the subject of illegal
immigration, he can certainly do so. Let's start
with Nahum chapter three.
The prophet Nahum warned Israel that their
stubbornness and disobedience to God was evidenced
by the fact that "the gates (borders, ports, entry
ways) of thy land shall be set wide open unto thine
enemies: the fire shall devour thy bars." (Nahum
3:13) In this passage, the prophet made it clear
that open gates or borders, which allowed enemies
easy access to a nation, constitute an imminent
threat to any nation. How right he was!
Furthermore, Moses told the children of Israel in
very clear and concise language, "Thou shalt not
remove thy neighbor's landmark." (Deut. 19:14)
"Landmark" refers to territory, boundary, or border.
Moses further declared, "Cursed be he that removeth
his neighbor's landmark." (Deut. 27:17)
National borders or boundaries are extremely
important to the security and survival of any
nation! In fact, the Bible promotes nationhood and
To the Old Testament nation of Israel, Moses
said, "When the Most High divided to the nations
their inheritance, when he separated the sons of
Adam, he set the bounds of the people." (Deut. 32:8)
Notice that God "separated the sons of Adam." God
"set the bounds of the people."
That God has separated nations and expects them
to function independently of other nations is also
seen in the New Testament. Read the inspired author,
Dr. Luke: "And hath made of one blood all nations of
men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and
hath determined the times before appointed, and the
bounds (boundaries, borders) of their habitation."
National boundaries are divinely ordained.
Nationhood is divinely ordained. Independent
governance is divinely ordained. On the other hand,
internationalism, globalism, multiculturalism, etc.,
is not of God.
Certainly, God instructed His people to be
compassionate to "strangers." (See Deut. 10:19; Exod.
22:21.) And no nation has been more compassionate,
more understanding, and more tolerant of "strangers"
(i.e. non-citizens) than the United States of
For the duration of our nation's existence,
America has allowed millions of immigrants to become
U.S. citizens. However, for the very sake of our
country's survival, immigration must be lawful and
respectful. The immigrant is expected to obtain
citizenship in accordance with our country's laws.
Also, the total number of new immigrants must be
carefully monitored and regulated in order to
maintain the health and stability of our culture and
economy. Furthermore, the aspiring immigrant-citizen
must be expected to assimilate into the foundational
fabric and spirit of America.
Listen to the words of President Theodore
Roosevelt: "In the first place, we should insist
that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith
becomes an American and assimilates himself to us,
he shall be treated on an exact equality with
everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate
against any such man because of creed, or
birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon
the man's becoming in very fact an American, and
nothing but an American. There can be no divided
allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American,
but something else also, isn't an American at all.
We have room for but one flag, the American flag. We
have room for but one language here, and that is the
English language. And we have room for but one sole
loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American
people." (Jan. 3, 1919)
However, those who advocate amnesty, guest worker
status (which is just another name for amnesty), or
other types of legalization for illegal aliens are
promoting something much different from both the
Scriptural and historical models. If the people of
the United States allow G. W. Bush and Hillary
Clinton to get their way on illegal immigration,
America's demise will be faster than anyone can
Already, more than 20 million illegal aliens live
in the United States. In fact, according to The
Center for Immigration Studies, three-fourths of all
U.S. population growth stems from (mostly) illegal
There is more. According to the Bureau of
Justice, 29% of all federal inmates are illegal
aliens. And according to statistics provided by the
House of Representatives, illegal aliens cost state
and local governments more than $13 billion per
Let's face reality: illegal aliens are criminals!
They broke our laws to come here. They break our
laws to stay here. Furthermore, the employers that
hire illegal aliens are criminals! Illegal aliens do
not save money for Americans; they cost money, and a
lot of it!
America is a nation of law. The supreme law of
the land is the U.S. Constitution. Nowhere does the
Constitution allow for illegal aliens. There is
nothing in our laws, our history, or our traditions
that allows for illegal immigration!
Illegal aliens not only trample our nation's
laws, weaken our economy, burden our local and state
governments, they also spit in the face of those
many thousands of honest and honorable people from
all over the world who attempt to lawfully immigrate
to our country!
I have many personal friends who have either
recently become U.S. citizens or who are yet in the
process of becoming U.S. citizens. Each of them is a
honest, hard working person who desires to become an
AMERICAN. They are not trying to create another
Philippines, Japan, South Korea, Zimbabwe, England,
or Honduras here in America. They simply want to be
an AMERICAN, just like Teddy Roosevelt explained.
Yet, now we are being asked to repudiate our
laws, compromise the decency and character of our
people, and jeopardize our very security just to
allow millions of lawless people to invade our
country! I say, NO WAY!
Opposing illegal immigration is not un-Christian,
and it is not un- American. Neither does opposing
illegal immigration make one a racist or a fascist!
Hillary Clinton is on the wrong side of Scripture
and on the wrong side of American history. So is G.
W. Bush and a majority of U.S. Senators!
America must secure it's borders! We must make a
concerted effort to deport all illegal aliens found
to be here. We must severely punish any American
company or employer who knowingly hires illegal
aliens. Furthermore, we must send a clear and
convincing message to Mexican President Vicente Fox
that if he does not start effectively policing his
northern border, we will consider him a terrorist
and treat him accordingly!
And there is one more thing: we must evict every
senator or representative from Washington, D.C., who
refuses to protect our nation's borders and who aids
and abets illegal immigration in any shape, form, or
fashion! And we must do it now!
© Chuck Baldwin http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.com.