Monday, August 4, 2014

Voddie Baucham on Being both Pro-Immigration & Pro-Border Security

On his public Facebook page on June 27, 2012, Pastor Voddie Baucham points out that one can be both pro-immigration and pro-border security:

It is unfortunate that the immigration debate has allowed those on the left to paint an anti-immigrant picture of those who want to protect our borders and sovereignty. However, NOBODY I know is against LEGAL IMMIGRATION! …  
This is a big deal for those of us in border states. It gets personal when you start talking about people you know who came here illegally, made a life, even came to Christ, then have to face deportation.[1]  

Here are excerpts of some of Voddie's responses to other comments on the same post:
CommentI have been/lived as a immigrant. I have also ministered to immigrants (legal and illegal), and continue to do so. It is biblically irresponsible to insinuate that crossing the borders of sovereign Nations illegally is "no big deal." Christians are law-abiding, border/sovereignty respecting people (Rom. 13:1-4).[2]  
Comment: We can 1) share the gospel, 2) respect borders/sovereignty, and 3) encourage (and practice) legal immigration. To put these things at odds in an effort to paint a caricature is completely unfair. 
Love for people is not the issue. I love people who break all sorts of laws (I may have broken one or two while driving yesterday), but that doesn't mean the laws are the problem. Nor do those laws prevent me from striving to reach people everywhere. 
By the end of the year I will have preached in five countries. I certainly do not believe in hoarding the gospel! However, I respect the Sovereignty of each country I visit, and seek to obey their laws while I am their guest. That's what Christians do. And that's what Christians have always taught. Unless this 'state' demands what God forbids, or forbids what God commands, we obey. And in doing so we obey the God who commands such from us (Rom 13:1-4).[3]  

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[1] Voddie Baucham, Voddie Baucham Ministries Facebook post, June 27, 2012. Retrieved August 5, 2014, from
[2] Ibid.
[3] Ibid., June 28, 2012.

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