Biblically, I believe we are living in an age of grace, a time of the kingdom breaking in ,and judgement has been deferred.
Rationally, if He’s going to start judging nations today, there are a lot of worse places He can start cleaning up.
That doesn’t mean, however, that He won’t discipline the church inside of a nation.
That…I believe we are in grave danger of.
My email over the last two weeks has been full of epithets and outrage over my advocacy for the children on the border and immigration reform.
The outrage has been political…being faithful to my understanding of scripture has landed me on the hated “left”.
I’m going to make this clear one more time…this is a biblical issue, not a political one.
It may have political ramifications and require political solutions, but for me it’s a biblical issue…and one of far more import than what people do in their bedrooms.
“For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.” (Deuteronomy 10:17–19 ESV)
That is not a verse taken in isolation…there are many, many more that say the same thing…it’s not an issue of proof texting, it’s a recognition of biblical principles.
Jesus sums it all up in this passage that should either chill or encourage you.
““When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left.Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”” (Matthew 25:31–46 ESV)
For me this is not primarily a a political issue, but a an issue concerning the Gospel…and I am not ashamed of the Gospel.
We are to be the ambassadors of Christ to all people…and when we refuse to do so that puts us in danger of holy discipline.
I do not view the young refugees on our border as invaders, but as opportunities to show forth the love of Christ that has no borders.
It is an opportunity to show that my commitment to His kingdom outweighs any earthly allegiances.
There may be criminals among them…we also may be entertaining some angels unaware.
Damn me all day with your earthly political labels…I care no more.
My only concern is that on that Day I find myself on the “right” side of the Master.
Make your own application…