Sam Rohrer, leader of the right-wing Christian nationalist American Pastors Network, is taking the clearly anti-Biblical position against immigration. He even goes so far as to claim that the refugee caravans headed here are a “fight against God himself.” His “logic” is tortured at best.
“God created nations,” Rohrer said. “He created borders. Acts 17 actually talks about God establishing the nations before the beginning of the world; he defined even their borders, the geography. So when we fight against God’s plan, we fight against God himself.”
“Whether people realize it or not, the fight for open borders—even by many of those who call themselves Christians, who say, ‘Let anybody come in’—they are, whether they’re doing it wittingly or unwittingly, they are fighting against God’s plan and fighting against God himself,” Rohrer asserted. “It’s a strategy against the grand plan of God who established the nations.”
“This is a matter of law, it’s a matter of God’s design,” he continued, “so when we oppose it, when we say, ‘No borders, anybody come,’ it’s not biblical and it’s not lawful so therefore how does one come about saying it’s right?”
The obvious response:
Exodus 12:49 and Leviticus 24:22 – “There shall be one law for the native and for the alien who resides among you.”
Exodus 22:21 – Moses gives God’s law: “You shall not wrong or oppress a resident alien; for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.”
Leviticus 19:33-34 and 24:22 – When the alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”
Deuteronomy 10:18-19 – “For the Lord your God…loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing. You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”
Deuteronomy 27:19 – “Cursed be anyone who deprives the alien…of justice.”
Hebrews 13:2 – Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
Matthew 25: 35-40: – For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
And that parable ends with Jesus casting those who failed to do those things into the lake of fire. Bye, Sam Rohrer. I’ll be sure to roast some s’mores on your burning flesh.