A good discussion on the Bible and Immigration can be found here. I definitely admire Mr. Marnov’s reasoning on why there should be no State-based restrictions on immigration – at least, if you are basing your reasoning on the Bible.
A few quotes from the blog:
The common saying, “Best is the enemy of better,” has its inverted version in the mission field, known by heart by all who have ever attempted to do the work of a missionary: “Better is the enemy of best.” Translated in a layman’s language, it means, “The better a culture is, morally and judicially, the more resistant it is to the full message of the Gospel.”
Points to Japan: a nation whose moral integrity, flawed as it is, still puts every Christian society to shame. And yet: despite the many flaws of numerous Christian states – from violent Jamaica to oppressive Zimbabwe, to the frankly murderous United States – those Christian nations are going to have a lot more people, percentage-wise, than Japan will. Tons of lazy Black men who repent of their sins will be in heaven: tons of industrious Japanese who repent of nothing will go to hell.
(But note: God commands us to work. Disobedient Black men who who truly repent are forgiven: but they will still be as poor as dirt. So they have a few choices:
- Blame their race for their poverty (like the racists would)
- Blame their circumstances for their poverty (like the Marxists do)
- Blame their history for their poverty (like a good fatalist would)
- Get to work, and get out of poverty (as God has told us to do.)
Come on men… why are you letting your sisters – and a nation of nature-worshipping pagans – put you to shame? The White man expects nothing from you… but God expects better!)
(Warning: Lengthy post! But it’s worth it…)
The only reason given in the Bible why Christ loved us—and if you study till you die you will not find another—is, “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy.” This is evident from all those that Christ chooses. We read of two great apostasies: one on earth, the other in heaven. First of all, one in heaven: Lucifer, the son of the morning, through pride, sinned, and God cast him and those that sinned with him into hell. The second was on earth: Adam sinned and was driven out of Paradise. They were both deserving of punishment. God had a purpose of love; which is it for? Perhaps angels pleaded for their fellow angels; yet Christ passed them by and died for man. Why did He die for man? The answer is, “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy.”The same thing is evident in the individuals Christ chooses. You would think that Christ would choose the rich, and yet what says James? “Hath not God chosen the poor of this world, rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom, which he hath promised to them that love him?” (James 2:5).Again, you would think Christ would choose the noble; they have not the prejudices that the poor have; but what does the Scripture say? “Not many mighty, not many noble are called” (1 Cor. 1:26).Again, you would think He would choose those that are learned. The Bible is written in difficult language; its doctrines are hard to be understood. Yet what says Christ? “I thank thee, O Father, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes” (Matt. 11:25).Again, you would think He would have chosen the virtuous. Though there are none righteous, yet there are some more virtuous than others; yet what says Christ? The publicans and harlots enter the kingdom of heaven while the Pharisee is shut out. “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out” (Rom. 11:33)!Why did he take the most vile? Here is the only reason I have been able to find ever since I read my Bible: “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”Christ chooses some that seek Him and not others. There was a young ruler came to Christ and said, “Good Master, what good thing shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” (Matt. 19:16). He was in earnest, yet something came in the way, and he went back. A woman who was a sinner came behind Christ, weeping, and she also was in earnest.Christ said regarding her, “Her sins which are many are forgiven her” (Luke 7:47–48). What made the difference? “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy.” He called unto Him whom He would. Be humbled under the sovereignty of God!
Immigration: from Bojidar Marinov
Returning to Mr. Marnov’s post: