Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not!
Israel Zangwill’s 1908 play The Melting Pot tells the story of a Russian Jew, David Quixano, and his escape to America. Quixano declares, “America is God’s crucible, the great melting pot where all the races of Europe are melting and reforming…Germans and Frenchmen, Irishmen and Englishmen, Jews and Russians – into the crucible with you all! God is making the American.”
In this country, people of vastly different backgrounds have found a home, a common identify, and a future. They came with different languages and customs, but many of those old distinctions faded into the background with the recognition that we had more in common than we had keeping us apart…mainly, hearts yearning for freedom and safety and following the rule of law. Out of many differences came unity, a unified nation – e pluribus unum.
There’s a difference in pondering the status of illegal immigrants in our courts and their status in the court of heaven. They are, like us, created in the image of God, and obviously they are loved deeply and are valued as much as anyone else. Think about where your family was generations ago!
Being gracious to these immigrants doesn’t mean we ignore our laws and the justice they provide for all, especially law-abiding immigrants. Many people coming to America are looking for a better life, but breaking the law as a first step on our soil is wrong, and it threatens their safety and ours. There is a better way.
Sweet Freedom in Action
Today, pray for the welfare of legal immigrants to our country, pray for the just and proper enforcement of our immigration laws, and pledge to support politicians committed to enforcing those laws and stemming what has become an immigration crisis for us and for every Western nation.
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