What the Gospel Can Do

In July I wrote an article addressing the causes of illegal immigration and who is really to blame. One of the things I found myself wanting to say, though it didn’t actually fit the context of the article, is that the thing most needed and which a Christian people should be most earnestly desiring, is the preaching of the Gospel and the bringing of “The Blessing” to those countries where poverty and violence are causing people to flee to the U.S.

About a week after publishing that article, I was informed that a minister who I support is planning to hold meetings in Guatemala in November. I shared my article and the above comments with him and yesterday he replied with the following message.

“I agree with your assessment of the immigration issue. We need to start at the source. There is a village in Guatemala where every soul is born again, and God has prospered them all supernaturally. That’s the power of the Gospel.”

There is a place for politics, but that place comes after the Kingdom of God. The proper use of Christian political activism is to declare the will of God to the civil society and to make known the counsels of His kingdom for the governance of the land. Politics alone cannot solve the problems of this or any nation. For peace, prosperity and blessing to reign, the whole counsel of God (His Word) must be taught, believed, received and obeyed. When that happens, whole villages can enjoy blessing in the midst of one of the most impoverished and violence ridden countries on the planet. Think what faith and obedience could do for our country, or your state, or city, or church, or home.

Illegal Immigration – Who’s Responsible?

Illegal Immigration 325Illegal immigration into the U.S. has been on the rise for the past year, but in the last month or so an unprecedented wave of immigrants has hit the border and started to make headlines. In California, citizens took to the streets to physically block buses from bringing more illegals into their community. Texas Governor, Rick Perry, is said to be preparing to deploy National Guard forces. Rumors are flying about various citizen militia groups heading south to secure the border. Meanwhile, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency has begun a million-dollar ad campaign across Central America warning potential illegal immigrants of the dangers of the journey and that there will be “no permiso” – no permission to stay – once they get to the border. General John Kelly, Chief of the U.S. Southern Command, calls the region a “Crime-terror convergence” that is an existential threat to the nation.

Though the subject of illegal immigration has gained new attention through the recent and somewhat exceptional events, the issue itself and the general factors surrounding it are nothing new. The number of illegal aliens in the U.S. has been on the rise for a half century, including throughout the Bush administration, arriving at a record high in 2007 of nearly 11.8 million. The number had since declined slightly, but now appears to be on the rise again. Continue reading “Illegal Immigration – Who’s Responsible?”