I’ve heard a sentiment that says the “caravan” that began in Honduras is “God bringing these people to us”, and that we as good Christians should welcome them and show them loving hospitality. But is God really bringing these people to the U.S.A.? Where should we look to make that determination?
Romans 13:1 says, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” Yet the people in this caravan are refusing to be subject to any governing authority. They are a mob. 1 Peter 2:17 says to honor everyone, love the brotherhood, fear God and honor the Emperor (meaning your governing authority). The so-called caravan is honoring no one, but rather acting on its own demands. They are an invading mob.
Every nation has its own governing authorities, and the jurisdiction of each is defined by its borders. Contrary to the globalist view that nationalism is evil and that we shouldn’t have borders, national borders are in accordance with God’s design. Deuteronomy 32:8 tells us God set the boundaries of the peoples. Acts 17:26 says he determined the boundaries of their dwelling place.
There is no doubt from Scripture that God is in authority over the nations. Isaiah 2:4 says, “He shall judge between nations.” Psalm 66:7 says, “His eyes keep watch on the nations; let not the rebellious exalt themselves.” Who are the rebellious? The mob, or those refusing to give succor to the mob? Those who disregard the authority of our laws or those who seek to enforce our laws? Nowhere does Scripture say we should be swayed by the rebellious, rather the authority of nations should be used to control the rebellious.
I’ve also heard a misguided sentiment that calls these caravaners “refugees”. So, what is a refugee? A refugee is someone who seeks escape from invasion, oppression or persecution. They’re not trying to go anywhere, but to simply get away and find refuge anywhere. Yet when the Hondurans crossed the border into Guatemala, they did not stop. They did not seek refuge. Their goal was to invade the U.S.A. Again, after crossing Guatemala, they forced their way across the border into Mexico. Again, they did not stop. They did not seek refuge. Their goal from the outset was to trek thousands of miles, across the entire length of Mexico, to forcefully migrate to the United States.
Our nation has laws and procedures for accepting real refugees. But the so-called caravan doesn’t give a rip about our laws or procedures. And though they want to come here, it’s not because they love us or respect us. While waving the flags of their own home nations, they paint swastikas on the American flag and then burn it. Why would we want to let these people come into our country?
For those of us whose judgment isn’t clouded by false sentiment it is obvious just what kind of people make up this caravan. All along the way, more people are joining them, joining the parade that they hope will give them free access into our country and the benefits that await them here. When you look at pictures of this crowd, you see it is primarily made up of strong, healthy, young men. If they really want to better their lives, why don’t they march on their own governments and demand changes?
No doubt there are some truly needy people among the caravaners, but family groups are scarcely seen. A few innocents are being used as human shields by criminals, gangs, drug smugglers, human traffickers and terrorists from the middle east trying to blend in. None of them has been vetted. None of them is following our laws in order to legally enter our country.
And now a similar caravan has begun from San Salvador. One third of all San Salvadorans in the world already live in the United States. How much is enough? These caravans are an assault on our national sovereignty. And in our nation, sovereignty lies in the people — American citizens — not in people from other nations. We have the right and the obligation to protect ourselves. If we don’t stop this invasion, we are inviting more of the same. And if that happens, we will not be able to maintain the fabric of civil society.
For more than a decade the average annual legal immigration to the United States has far exceeded one million. That tells me two things: 1) The United States of America is already generous in allowing immigrants from all over the world to come to our country legally; and 2) legal immigration is “doable”. For everyone who comes here respecting our laws, it’s a slap in the face when a mob caravan thinks it can just walk into our country without consequences.
For Christians and others whose compassion leads them to want to help poor and oppressed peoples all over the globe, there are many constructive avenues available for being involved in positive, loving efforts to improve the living conditions of real refugees. An open border policy isn’t one of them.
Philosophically, this crisis is a reflection of the great divide between capitalism and socialism. The Bolshevik revolution took private property from the upper and middle classes and gave it to “the people”, who then ended up with nothing of their own. It was a great lie. Similarly, this ragtag caravan seeks to take for themselves what is ours. Americans have every right to enjoy what is theirs, share what they are willing to share, but not allow it to be taken from them.
Christians are called to give of what they have to help others who do not have. That is called charity. It is up to each individual to give as they respond to God’s leading. But the demands and expectations of the “caravan” are not an invitation to Christian giving. They are not beggars, they are thieves, funded and provided with bus transportation by a political movement intent upon destabilizing American society.
Upon his release from prison and return to America, Pastor Brunson laid his hand on President Trump and asked that the Holy Spirit give him supernatural wisdom. I pray God answers that prayer, and soon. As the leader of our sovereign nation, it is up to President Trump to determine just how we will respond to this mob when they reach our border. May God have mercy.