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Romans 14:1 says, “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.” The Bible teaches that we are to obey the law of the land, unless it directly contradicts the law of God, for we are told, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” Sending back illegal immigrants to their countries (btw, it’s not just Mexico.) does not break the law of God, and keeping them here doesn’t violate it either. Right now, there is a heated debate in Washington of what we should do with these illegal immigrants. After the debate has ended, and the law for immigration is set, we should strive to obey that law - whether it sends the children back or not.
At first this seems as a simple solution - to obey the coming law of the land regarding immigration. But we must consider from what environment those children must have had to have fled it. Many of these children are fleeing from gangsters, from becoming sex slaves, etc. In short, their countries are morally and spiritually dark. These tragedies should move us as Christians to do something more.
So what is the Biblical solution to the tragedies of other nations? It is to go out to those countries and make a difference. In Mark 16:15, Jesus commands us to “...Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” The only solution to the tragedies of other nations is the gospel. Think about it. If most gangsters there became saved, there wouldn’t be a significant terror. If most who are involved in making young girls into sex slaves became saved, there wouldn’t be a significant sex slave business as there is now in those countries. But even if those evils remain, souls would be saved and God would be glorified. Also, we should seek to preach the gospel to these children. The only solution is the gospel.
In conclusion, the Biblical response would be to both obey the coming law and to go to their countries and proclaim the gospel in those foreign countries. Thus, we would be following the law of the land, and the command of Mark 16:15, and we may even improve the lives of those who live there. For those of us who cannot go to those other countries to preach the gospel, we should pray for others to go out there and share the good news of Christ. We shouldn’t dehumanize these children, but should pray for their salvation. If you disagree with this solution, at least do so on Biblical ground. Not political ground, not right-wing ground, not founding-fathers gound, but on Biblical ground.