Politics & Religion: Arizona Immigration
Since my last column, Arizona has been sued – and has lost – in federal court over its state law (mirroring federal law) on immigration enforcement. Judge Susan Bolton, a Clinton appointee (typical), quickly resorted to the liberal’s standard operating procedure of judicial activism. Her ruling knocked the teeth out of the state law and overruled federal law. In doing so, she betrayed our Constitution, the rights and responsibilities of a sovereign state, and the will of the vast majority of the populace of the state as well as the nation.
This judge showed herself – at the very least – to be sympathetic to the liberal, globalist agenda that has been gradually but increasingly exercising itself against the sovereignty of America for the last century. The “progressive” movement has accelerated since the early 1900s, exposing itself overtly with David Rockefellers’ mid-century comment “All we need is the right major crisis, and the nations will accept the new world order,” to the overtly evil strategies of the God-hating, America-hating George Soros to destroy currencies, undermine economies, etc.
Two related federal laws that this “judge” thumbed her nose at are:
1. Non-citizens are required to keep their “papers” on them and be ready to show them at any time. This is a common requirement in every nation in the world, including the U.S. This judge said “no” (at least in terms of showing their identification to state and local authorities in Arizona, which in turn effectively voids the following federal law):
2. Section 642 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 says “no…government entity or official may prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending…information regarding the citizenship or immigration status…of any individual.” (In other words, federal, state, and local law enforcement are all in this together. That is, or at least was, federal law.)
Judge Bolton flushed the Constitution and federal law in this egregious example of judicial activism. Take note that this is a forewarning of the type of judge Elena Kagan will be on the Supreme Court (who will hear this case when it inevitably reaches the Supreme Court).
The aforementioned 1996 law made “sanctuary” cites and states illegal. But Obama did not sue San Francisco which has been thumbing their nose at federal immigration laws for years. He sued Arizona for trying to protect their citizenry. This is beyond hypocrisy! It is another sign that Obama is not seeking to protect and defend the Constitution, but is trying to destroy the America that we all know and love in order to, in his words, “fundamentally transform America.”
Former Congressman and Republican Presidential Candidate Tom Tancredo recently wrote a Washington Times Op-Ed piece called “The Case for Impeachment.” Tancredo points out that there are several valid Constitutional reasons to do so, but the repeated violations of his oath of office in upholding the laws of the land regarding immigration and border enforcement are undeniable and inexcusable. I have come to the place where I have to agree.
But what we see happening in the nation is happening only because the same exact thing is happening in the church. The church in America has been AWOL in its civil stewardship for decades. We have not taught our children (and still don’t) what it means to really be a Christian who loves the truth and stands in integrity and character, nor what it is to be a true American.
Obama is a mirror thrust into the face of the compromising church, the supposed “salt and light” of a compromising nation. Our political leaders (with very few exceptions) long ago sold their integrity. Our business leaders (with almost no exceptions) long ago sold their integrity. Our spiritual leaders (with some exceptions) long ago compromised their integrity; all of them for a buck or to please man – or both.
There are nationally and internationally known Christian leaders who are miss-representing the truth in social, cultural and civil issues and putting a “Christian” label on this deception. Locally, the Houston Area Pastors Council’s very public statement on immigration is the latest example of such self-serving compromise. I’m a member, and know a couple of the leaders. They should know better. Their statement consisted of
1. Secure the borders (which thankfully, they got right)
2. Comprehensive immigration reform (which is code for illegal alien amnesty, which is wrong and rewards lawlessness, which in turn is anti-Biblical in principle)
3. Treat current illegals “humanely” (which is, at best, an unfortunate word usage seeing as how we’re not water boarding them, driving screwdrivers under their fingernails, or being “inhumane” to begin with.)
Such religious posturing is weak, and contributes to the plague in the American Church at-large of re-creating God in our own image, in our own like-ness (our own imagination), i.e., what we want him to be like instead being Who He Is as revealed in the Bible. He is the God of Truth, Whose passion is order, desiring His Kingdom to be established on earth, that His will would be done on earth as it is in heaven.
The reality is that in our government and in our churches, Isaiah 59:14 is again true today: “Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands far away; for truth has stumbled in the street, and uprightness cannot enter.”
Both political sides are selling out the nation for a price of their own choosing and convenience. Supposedly “republican” business interests want excessively cheap labor, which is an immoral violation of James 5:4. An overt desire of liberal democrats is to gain new voters, even illegal ones if necessary, and that violates any sense of fair play or allegiance to the Constitution. To take people from another nation, override the legal process and grant them amnesty so as to arbitrarily gain new voters to further their own socialistic agenda is particularly twisted and hypocritical. It reminds me a lot in principle of the accusation Jesus brought against the Pharisees of “traveling the world to make converts and making them twice the son of hell you are.”
One political agenda (liberalism) is about the overt destruction of America. The countering political agenda (conservatism) is often compromising and spineless. On the whole, what passes as “spiritual” leadership is a man-pleasing compromise between the two political agendas, instead of adherence to the higher, overriding Biblical and Constitutional truth, proclaimed clearly, accurately applied, with authority, and without compromise. We urgently need to return to that higher standard!