Nancy Pelosi says, “ A wall is an immorality between countries, it’s an old way of thinking , it isn’t cost effective”. – The Guardian
But, where does Nancy and her followers get their sense of morality from? I’m assuming , since she’s Catholic, from Jesus, the Bible and the gospel? If this is so…Did Jesus condemn nations for building walls and securing their borders? This is what we’ll be exploring in this article.
I recently had a friend post on her social media that anyone who opposes open borders can’t be a Christian. She based this on Leviticus 19:34 that says, “The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.” – Leviticus 19:34”
I had to offer her another perspective because she wasn’t seeing how a wall encouraged legal immigration so those coming into this country aren’t taken advantage of through drug trafficking, human trafficking, and sex-trafficking.
She believes Leviticus 19:34 means open borders… but we have to step back and understand the full context of this scripture.
First off, the whole passage starting at verse 33 says,
“ When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.” – Leviticus 19:33-34
Let’s talk about mistreatment. Is it mistreatment to know who is coming into the country? Aren’t “native-born” US citizen required to enter the legal ports of entry when coming into the US? If so, then why not foreigners? The scripture says “ The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born.” So WHY would foreigners be exempt from laws that native borns have to keep if they want to stay here? Not everyone, Mexican or American has good intents when crossing the border and they need to be accounted for when entering the US to ensure that they ARE TREATED WELL; NO DIFFERENT THAN A US CITIZEN WHO MUST ENTER THE PORTS OF ENTRY LEGALLY . The law for legal entry of the US is to protect citizens on both sides of the country from exploitation either through human trafficking, drug-trafficking or sex-trafficking.
The Flip Side
There is a humanitarian crises at the border, people are looking for a better life, but how should that be gotten? It’s not enough just to come to the US , but people need to be educated, and find work that can truly support them and their families.
There is always a right way, and a wrong way about fulfilling our desires. This may sound like an extreme example but bear with me. If a person longs for sexual intimacy, but without the consent of the other person FORCES themselves onto that person it’s called RAPE.
If a person wants to help the poor should they go rob or go get a job, and help provide for the poor? Since we are walking according to truth then we know a person should find honest work and help the poor, because the ten-commandments says “Thou shalt not steal”.
The Bible tells us to render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s , and give to God what is God’s (Mark12:17). We are told to submit to the governing authorities ( Romans 13:1) unless what our governing authority says is in conflict with the word of God, then we must “obey God rather than man” ( Act 5:29). Yet, in building a border wall I see no conflict with God’s word. There is no biblical principal , reasoning or basis that a wall between a country is an “ immorality” as Nancy Pelosi says, but it actually promotes morality because it helps ensure that people entering this country , the right way, and are getting the same treatment as a US citizen would . If you are a US citizen you must enter the legal ports of entry, therefore foreigners should do the same according to Leviticus 19:34. A border wall ( though not an answer in itself) helps ensure that exploitation of unaccounted people doesn’t happen, like in the case when Tim Ballard rescued a girl from New York who had crossed and unprotected part of the US-Mexican border , and was sold as a sex slave to be raped over and over again – this should not be! We must help the poor, but not through breaking laws, because in effect that promotes more immorality , and causes people to be mistreated.
What are your thoughts on Leviticus 19:33-34? I’d love to hear them!
Michael aka Malan Jones is a Christian writer, artist, and producer born in Georgia but now resides in Tucson where he creates music, and videos that proclaim the gospel. He has a B.A in Film and Media Arts and is pursuing his Master in Christian Leadership at GCU. Listen and support his podcast at anchor.fm/malanjones