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Evangelicals who believe open borders to be a Christian virtue fail to grasp the nuances of biblical benevolence.
The implication was apparent: While black slaves toiled in the hot summer sun, the white man took refuge by deluding himself in the comfort of the scripture. It was an indictment of the of both Bible and Christianity as co-conspirators of white racism.
The message is not without justification. After all, there is a nagging persistence among certain fundamentalists that black folks are the descendants of Noah through his son Ham. These were destined by virtue of God's curse to live in depravity and debauchery. Slavery, they say, is the negro's natural state.
Christians also turn to a passage in the book of Acts where the Apostle Paul declares that God "hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation."
The boundaries, they assert, refer to geographical divides; God's appointed homelands for people groups. Blacks are bound to live within the shores of Africa, Orientals are consigned to the Far East, and Caucasians are designated to live in Europe.
Besides the pathetic exegesis (the passage says no such thing), such logic defies reason. Did God intend the America's to be the boundaries of Indians? If so, what are we doing here?
Furthermore, this liberal interpretation of Paul's commentary ignores the fact that humanity is comprised of one blood, that is, a common ancestry. While racial distinctives are indisputable, Paul never intended to suggest that white people were somehow required to abide in Europe.
Rather, the apostle was noting the limitations and, consequently, frailty of the human condition. While God's existence is transcendent, we humans are stuck on planet earth. Even if we travail at great expense to a space station, we are obliged to take bits of the planet with us in the forms of oxygen, water and food supplies.
The cognition of comparison -- God's transcendence with humanity's limitations -- will compel a few to seek out God. That is the point Paul is making. His statement was wholly unrelated to race. To say otherwise is to commit forced exegesis.
So what, exactly, does the Bible say about the racial issues that confront us?
Directly? Not much.
Between the lines and beneath the surface, there are significant biblical implications that directly impact ethnicity in the twenty-first century.
Let's have a look.
• The Bible presupposes cultural assimilation
The Old Testament is unique in that it is effectively a history of a single family that traces the lineage of Abraham from his courtship with Sarah, to his household of a dozen sons, to a tribe of hundreds, a confederation of tribes of thousands and, eventually, a nation of millions.
The Old Testament refers to this race as Hebrews. The term was first coined, we suppose, by the wife of the Egyptian taskmaster Potiphar. She derisively referred to the captive slave, Joseph, as "this Hebrew you have given me."
Through the course of the Hebrew saga, there are occasions where non-Hebrews are allowed to assimilate and even inter-marry. Most believe that Rahab, an ancestor of Jesus, was a gentile. Nearly all recognize that Ruth was a Moabite who married into the Hebrew nation. Ruth was the great-grandmother of King David and ancestress of Jesus.
The clashes between Hebrews and opposing people groups were common. At issue were always cultural differences. Most notable were religious offenses. The invasion of the arrogant Antiochus IV Epiphanes and his desecration of the Temple still offends the collective conscience of the descendants of Abraham.
There is a direct application to our culture. The influx of non-Whites into the Eurosphere poses a problem that is cultural, not racial. America's landscape is dotted with newly constructed mosques that stand as notable testimonies to the erosion of our historical culture. The same is true in Europe, Australia and elsewhere.
I frequently note that the phrase "separation of church and state" is innately biased against Christianity. Have you ever heard the phrases "separation of mosque and state," "separation of temple and state," or "separation of coven and state"?
• The Bible presumes private property
"This land is your land, this land is my land," the liberals sing.
I've changed the lyrics to fit the conservative (and biblical) mode to, "This land is my land, that land is your land."
Throughout the Bible we find private property is a given assumption. Nowhere does the Bible advocate a government welfare program. Even the episode in which the afore-mentioned Joseph, now prime minister of Egypt, allotted provisions from the government's grain storage to alleviate an international drought, was a temporary fix.
Rather, the Bible is incessant in its advocacy of private benevolence.
Allowing 100 million people to depend on government welfare is reprehensible. Allowing immigrants to routinely draw from welfare programs is insane.
According to a recent study, "36 percent of immigrant-headed households used at least one major welfare program (primarily food assistance and Medicaid) compared to 23 percent of native households."
The connection between race and culture is evident in the study.
Immigrants from European countries were unlikely to use major welfare programs. The "lowest for those from Canada (13 percent), Germany (10 percent), and the United Kingdom (6 percent)," the study concluded.
The conclusion: If the federal government were to mandate immigrants not participate in welfare programs, immigration, by default, would be limited almost entirely to white people and, to a lesser percentage, East Asians. Such a mandate, of course, would promptly be labeled 'racist'.
• Bearing false witness
There is a Biblical prohibition to bearing false witness. It is, in fact, one of the Ten Commandments.
Honesty requires that we acknowledge reality. That directly impacts our view of race and ethnicity.
Reality is that 52.5% of homicides in America are committed by black people; nearly all committed by males between the ages of 18 and 49. To deny the fact that three percent of Americans are committed about one half of all homicides is "bearing false witness."
Reality is that the economic disparity between ethnic groups is directly correlated to the intellectual disparity between ethnic groups. According to one study the average IQ of blacks was 85, Latino 89, White 103, Asian 106, and Jews 113.
Reality is that millions come to our country, not because they are "yearning to be free," but because they are yearning for free handouts.
Reality is that multiculturalism is not a strength. Granted, there are occasions when people with various talents and ability can work in harmony for the betterment of all. Historically, however, there has never been a time when people of diverse genetic variations converged into a single, unified social structure. There are those of us dead-determined to get along with whomever regardless of ethnicity. If such sentiments were universal, multiculturalism would be a lesser problem. Reality is where there is multiculturalism there is cultural conflict.
Reality is that religious white people who demand we permit hordes to violate our borders as an aspect of Christian charity tend to live in white neighborhoods and, still, lock their doors at night. In a word, they are hypocrites.
• A matter of gray matter
So why do some Christians insist on supporting illegal immigration as if it were their Christian duty?
Some, I suppose, are aligned to social-activist churches which amount to little more than non-profit fronts for Marxist lunacy.
Evangelicals, on the other hand, immerse themselves in abject altruism. Their appeal is neither spiritual, biblical, or heart felt. Rather, it is the outcome of thinking with their brain's right hemisphere. In short, they feel good about it.
Gooshy has never been an orthodox driver for Christian standards or behavior. Nonetheless, there has always been a cadre of Christians willing to discard the logic that is lodged in their brain's left hemisphere and, as they cast out the bath water, toss out the baby of biblical principles with it.
• Observing the obvious
147 years after the "Civil War" America's black community proudly retains it distinctive characteristics. The racial divide persists. Cultural distinctives are not intrinsically wrong. The problem lies in the inevitable conflicts they introduce. There is no shortage of demagogues willing to exploit those conflicts. Consider Al Sharpton and Louis Farrakhan.
Multiculturalism drags on our nation's economy and weighs heavily on the safety, sanctity and security of our culture. The introduction of millions of Hispanics adds to the dilemma. We are a nation of united states; but not of united cultures.
Social engineers have doggedly endeavored to force us to merge and mesh into a unified whole, depending largely on equal housing laws, integrated schools and Affirmative Action programs. The outcome has been exasperation.
It would be nice if we could all get along. And there will always be those insistent on striving to that end. Unfortunately the 'sin nature' is a stark reality and until that is universally eradicated, we would be better off singing, "This land is my land, that land is your land."
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