Sanctuary Movement For Illegals Un-Biblical

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Editor:

There are some churches that want to be refugee centers for illegal immigrants, based on Leviticus 19:34: "The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native born." This verse does not refer to illegal aliens of today, breaking our immigration laws. The "alien" in Hebrew is "ger" and means gentile converts (proselytes) who wanted to live legally in Israel under the Law of Moses. Treat them like Jewish native borns. This can be seen in Leviticus 16:26, 24:22: "You are to have the same laws for the alien and the native born." This includes the same penalties.

These Hispanics are not political refugees. They can work at home, but the wages are low. They covet the American standard of living and come here to make more money. But they come illegally. They use false documents and lie. By Levitical law, they would be stoned.

In Matthew 22:21, Jesus said, "Render unto Caesar which is Caesar's," i.e. obey the laws of the land. This is repeated in Romans chapter 13.

Our federal and state governments are not enforcing the immigration laws and referendums. Our city councils must start doing this. Sheriff Arpaio of Maricopa County is doing the right thing in enforcing the law.

We, as Christians, are to be good Samaritans and help the needy, but our churches are not be to be sanctuaries, which would be aiding and abetting lawbreakers.

Consular ID cards mean nothing and do not make illegals legal. In this last "reform march," the illegals carried signs in Spanish: "Today we demonstrate, tomorrow we vote." To vote, you must be a citizen. To be a citizen, you must have a working knowledge of English, no criminal record, knowledge of U.S history and our Constitution. Why are our voting ballots in Spanish, when a voting citizen must speak English? Something is wrong here.

Gov. Napolitano has vetoed every law and referendum to control the illegal problem. Are we a government of, by and for the people? Do our present state and federal governments rule by law? President John Adams said, "Every democracy eventually self-destructs." Read the fall of the Roman Empire. Our money says, "In God we trust." Is that true? We need a spiritual and political revival now.

Pastor William Cain, Payson

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