It was the richest of ironies recently when Hillary Clinton quoted Scripture for rationalizing illegal immigration, even though as a candidate she condemned it. What did Jesus say about “hypocrites”? Clinton quoting Scripture is as uncharacteristically unique as Bill Clinton teaching sexual abstinence classes, the ACLU singing Handel’s “Messiah” in the village square, or a Vladimir Putin ear-to-ear grin.
So by Scripture’s standards, should our nation have “turned the other cheek” after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor? Or after terrorist jetliners flew into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon? Clearly not. Governments must function differently than individuals. Every nation in the world has sovereign borders, and the Presidential Oath of Office requires “protecting and defending the U.S.A,” including our borders.
Government authority and Jesus’ teachings are not to be confused. All of Jesus’ teachings were directed toward individual behavior. He did not preach government policy. In fact, Jesus recognized the sovereignty of governments when He said “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s.” That is, citizens must be obedient to and uphold justly arrived at governmental laws. Further, when Jesus said “allow the little children to come unto Me” it was to learn His teachings, not to receive a get free card to immigrate illegally. Despite Pope Francis’ support of illegal immigration, it should be noted high walls and guards surround the sovereign nation of Vatican City.
So, advice to Clinton, spend less time on your book tour and more time touring the Good Book — the best seller in the world.