Kidnapping Children At The Border: Leave God Out Of It
The Essence of Romans 13 Is That Love Is The Fulfillment Of The Law, Not Taking Children Away From Their Parents
In the Name of God: The Exceedingly and Everlastingly Loving and Caring
Make no mistake about it. What the government is doing at our southern border is nothing short of kidnapping. They invoke the law, but this is not true. There is no law that requires the authorities to take children away from their parents.
No, it’s a policy. A cruel and inhumane policy, devised by those who — judging by the policy itself — seem to have no human decency.
Let me say this now: we have to have a sovereign border. We cannot have an unchecked flow of unauthorized immigrants coming into our country. Those who cross our border illegally are breaking our law.
At the same time, solving this problem by kidnapping children — including babies — and putting them in camps is wholly un-American. The outcry is heartwarming and justified, and I must add my voice to the chorus of condemnation. I couldn’t live as a servant of God if I didn’t do so.
Speaking of God: what is as offensive as taking children away from their parents at the border is invoking God Himself to do so. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently quoted Romans 13 to justify family separation:
“I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes,” Sessions said during a speech to law enforcement officers in Fort Wayne, Ind. “Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves. Consistent and fair application of the law is in itself a good and moral thing, and that protects the weak and protects the lawful.”
Yes, consistent and fair application of the law is a good and moral thing, and Romans 13 (verses 1–4) does not say take away children from their parents. This is what it does say:
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
Further, the entire essence of the chapter of Romans 13 is encapsulated in verse ten, which was not quoted by General Sessions:
Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
Love is the fulfilling of the law.
It is the exact opposite of love to take kids away from their parents. It is hate. It is guile. It is seeing these families as less than human. This practice is as ungodly as it is un-American.
Legislation is being crafted as we speak to end this barbaric practice. I pray our lawmakers pass it quickly. I pray our President signs it quickly. He may also issue an executive order. However the means, may it stop right now.
You can use whatever reasoning you want to justify separating children from their parents. It still does not make it right. And, absolutely, do not dare invoke God.