Thus far in my admittedly cursory commentary on immigration, I have made the following assertions:
– law and justice are not always equivalent
– much of our existing legal framework relative to immigration is unjust
– our current immigration morass is due less to lawlessness and more to economic and political hypocrisy and cultural animus
So, around what principles might we unite as we pursue cultural repentance and seek political solutions?
In my last post, I asserted two things:
law and justice are not always equivalent
much of our existing legal framework relative to immigration is unjust
Call it what it is
Whatever else you want to say about the massive reality of illegal immigration (and 11+ million undocumented—25% of all immigrants—is indeed massive), there is no denying that that much of the underlying nature of the problem may accurately be described as injustice.
On the one hand, it is unjust to the 32+ million immigrants who entered the US legally to accord equal status to the 11+ million who entered by circumventing immigration laws.
On the other hand, the fundamental reasons we have 11+ million illegal immigrants do not stem from the lawlessness and nefarious intent of most immigrants. So, what really drives illegal immigration?
Consider these factors:
I feel compelled to devote some personal commentary via this forum to the topic of immigration. I think it appropriate from three perspectives:
Institutions of higher education have a large stake in national policy regarding immigration in general and, in particular, DACA (Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals);
My commitment to ensure that biblical higher education aligns with what the Bible teaches—in this case, about treatment of the “stranger;”
ABHE colleges serve the global church; many, if not most, of our members enroll international students and not a few offer education to students from a variety of nationalities through partnership, branch campuses, extension sites, or distance education.
A classic Christmas tableau
Most of our mental (and commercial, for that matter) Christmas-card-photo images correspond to the description we find in Matthew 2:1-12.
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men rom the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:
“‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way. [ESV]
This is the third and final installment of my Steve Moore interview about his new book, The Top 10 Leadership Conversations in the Bible. If you’ve been following along, by now you realize that the book is only the tip of the proverbial resource iceberg.
Besides the book’s incredibly insightful instruction, by signing up at BibleCenteredLeadership.com you can access supplemental resources involving not only Steve’s “top 10” but also keys to help you and those you lead unlock Steve’s entire inventory of the Bible’s 1090 leadership conversations and progress in becoming a truly Bible-centered leader.
Let’s continue, listen in …