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Why Christians Should Support Free Migration

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Refugees. Photo: Evan Bench

Restricted migration is intrinsically racist, because it is much easier for white people to enter Western nations then for people of other ethnicities. In fact, migration was almost totally open for white Europeans to enter the United States and Canada during the 19th century. Even today, it is very, very easy for Europeans to become Americans and for Americans to become Europeans. And within the European Union, migration is totally free.

For non-white people in other parts of the world though, it is extremely hard to enter Westen nations. Even Syrians, who clearly have very good reasons to leave their country right now, do not have open access to the West. The United States only allows 2000 Syrians to enter, after making sure they aren’t terrorists. Sweden is one of very few countries within the European Union to give permanent residency to Syrians, but still it is illegal for Syrians to get a visa to Sweden, so they have to enter illegally. That’s insane, people.

Yet, even Christians support the horror of restricted migration. The influential website says that Christians should oppose illegal immigration and not help illegal immigrants hide:

Romans 13:1-7 makes it abundantly clear that God expects us to obey the laws of the government. The only exception to this is when a law of the government forces you to disobey a command of God (Acts 5:29). Illegal immigration is the breaking of a governmental law. There is nothing in Scripture that contradicts a nation having immigration laws. Therefore, it is a sin, rebellion against God, to illegally enter another country.”

Now, I completely agree with the author that one must obey God rather than men when God’s law contradict with the government (or else Romans 13 would be an argument for us supporting Hitler’s genocide or the persecutions of Christians in North Korea), but fails to realize the horrors behind racist migration policy. When God told Israel that they should love their neighbor, He specifically said:

“When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.” (Lev 19:33-34).

When I speak to Iraqis, Afghanis and others that are terrified to return to their former countries, when I see their pain and tears of being neglected what I was born with, I cannot comply with the unjust laws that see Europeans as good people and other people as potential criminals, I have to resist this horrible system. This is also the duty of all Christians. In this Christmas season, we have to remember that Jesus Himself was a refugee (Mt. 2:13-18), and help and support all refugees even when our governments refuses to.


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  3. Julia says:

    It isn’t easy for Europeans to enter this country!!!! It is the Europeans who stress to obey our laws and jump through hoops and the Mexican criminals show disdain for our laws and come and take jobs away from US citizens-or worse: milk our welfare system. People who want amnesty are just saying “screw you” to honest people who have obeyed our laws and waited patiently to enter this country legally. They are welcoming criminal trash and allowing them to cut in line ahead of people who obey laws.

    • Hello Julia!

      Thank you for your comment. I must say though that your argument against Mexican migration to the US sounds like a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t”-argument. Either they “take jobs away from US citizens” or they “milk our welfare system”. Well, isn’t that quite self -evident? If I, as a Swedish citizen, would move to the US, I would also either take jobs away from US citizens or milk the welfare system. In fact, you yourself as (I assume) an American either take jobs away from other US citizens or milk the welfare system. Actually, if you were born in the US you already have milked the welfare system – a lot. Or did you work for your own sustenance when you were a child?

      Furthermore, I am curious how you think crime would disappear if people are outside the US? Isn’t there a much smaller possibility that the “criminal trash” (quite a hard word to use for human beings) would become loyal citizens in Mexico compared to the US, since Mexico is a much poorer country with much corruption?

      God bless you!

  4. ricklamascus says:

    Michael to Julia: In observing your debate style…you sound like someone who has never held a real job. “Or did you work for your own sustenance when you were a child?” I am confident Julia’s PARENTS fed her…with food THEY paid for! That is a far cry from irresponsible parents getting free govt food to feed their children. I think your are incapable of rational thought.

    You are so quick to condemn America, Europe, Caucasians, and mainstream Christians who attend and support a church. You have NO condemnation for the muslim-run countries that torture and persecute their citizens. It is OUR Christian job to help the needy in THEIR own country.
    Where is your condemnation of the corrupt Mexican politcal system that
    creates the poverty? Are you incapable of understanding that our emergency hospitals are overrun with illegal aliens who use the Emergency Hospital for a cough, stomach ache, etc., ….things that belong at a clinic where the patient PAYS for the service? US citizens PAY for their health care. They also pay for the health care of the illegals…getting charged extra to cover that cost.

    It has become very common for any class of 30 children in a school classroom to be over 50% illegal aliens….whose parents do NOT pay school tax or income tax to cover that cost. You never respond to that reality.

    You debate as if there has been no change for the last 2000 years since the time of Jesus and the Apostles ….no democracies, laws, currency,
    transportation. People are not just walking…..there are planes, vehicles, trains, buses. We are not talking about a few hundred illegals….we are talking about millions per year.

    I have never seen you respond to ALL the points that I are somebody makes. You ignore all the facts that counter you and then attack somebody’s character….charging them with racism and greed and xenophobia. Anybody that disagrees with your spin of the Bible is a racist, greedy, and suffering from xenophobia.

    What do you….Michael actually do for a living? Do you have a real job?
    What is your education level?

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Micael Grenholm, a Swedish charismactivist, apologist and author.

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