A Bible Message For Illegal Immigrants

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Editor:

I recently read an article in the Payson Roundup about a hispanic pastor in Payson. His direct quote was, "If they are here illegally, we will take care of them ... and I want them to see the church as a shelter and refuge."

Is he really helping them or the corrupt Mexican government stay in power? Is his plan a mission of the church?

These Hispanics can work in their countries, but the wages are low. They are not political refugees, but come here to make more money. They covet our standard of living, but they ignore the legal way to come, so they come illegally. They break our laws. They use false documents. They abuse our hospitals, food stamps, housing and welfare system. Most are paid under the counter and pay no income tax. They pay no property tax to support our schools. They take jobs from our citizens. Their teens form gangs and commit crime. They wave the Mexican flag in our faces, as they abuse our system.

Should not they be taught the whole counsel of the Bible? Exodus 20:15 says, "You shall not steal, lie, and covet that of your neighbor (neighboring nation)."

In Matthew 22:21, Jesus said, "Render unto Caesar (the government) what is Caesar's." Romans 13:1-7 says, "Obey the government for all governments have been put in power by God. Those who refuse to obey the laws of the land are disobeying God. Pay your taxes."

They should repent, go home, and start a spiritual and political revival. If they want to come back to the United States, come legally with self-respect and honor.

God promises to help those who truly trust him.

Our solution is to vote in people who will do the job, and have city councils fight the problem that our federal and state governments won't do. The government is to enforce the law per Romans 13. The individual Christian is to be a good Samaritan to the needy, but come short of aiding and abetting those breaking the law.

W.C. Cain, Pastor, Rim Country Bible Church, Payson

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