Outcry Over Illegal Immigrant Children

June 22, 2018 0 Comments

The big news story this week was the outcry that erupted over the treatment of illegal immigrants, and the fact that children are being taken away from their parents at the border. Every news channel ran non-stop coverage of this story. Here a a few thoughts concerning this, from a biblical perspective.
First, of the 12,000 illegal immigrant children (minors) that are in detention centers, 10,000 of them were sent here unaccompanied by their parents. To say that our country is taking children away from their parents is not really accurate and truthful. These parents are putting their own children at risk when they send their children unaccompanied; they deliberately initiated this family "separation".
Second, it is always sad when children have to suffer the consequences of their parent's actions. This applies to abortion, an atrocity far worse than anything you hear reported on the news. 1.5 million innocent unborn children are ripped away from their mother's arms (and wombs) every year. The hypocrisy of the radical left, champions of killing babies, in this current debate, is unbelievable.
Third, when you break the law, you no longer get the benefit of being with your children. Our prisons are filled with people who broke the law. They don't get the privilege of being with their families. Lost in the current hysteria over these illegal border children is the word illegal. There are consequences to breaking the law. Parents who are convicted of child abuse, or drug dealing, or child neglect, have their children taken away from them. It's that simple.
Fourth, we should indeed have compassion on these kids because they are not the ones to blame here. They are suffering the consequences of the actions of those who are "using them" in order to game the system and break our immigration laws. That part is truly sad. Like a marriage headed for divorce, the kids are unfortunately just "pawns" in the whole selfish scheme of trying to gain entry into the USA illegally.
We are commanded in Scripture to have compassion, and it seems that our country is doing its best, under the circumstances of our broken immigration system, to do just that. These kids are being cared for in a humane way. We are being the "Good Samaritans" here. But we are also commanded in Scripture to obey the laws of the land. Immigration laws should be enforced, and if those laws are deemed not acceptable, then they should be changed.
As in all controversial issues, it is not your political leanings that matter, but what the Word of God says. As Christians, it is imperative that we get our facts straight, that we uphold the law, that we pray for our elected leaders instead of spewing hatred towards them, and that we show compassion on those who are victims of illegal, law-breaking activities.

Richard Seefried
Harrisonburg, VA
Richard Seefried has a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministry, and is licensed & certified by the NCCA as a clinical pastoral counselor.