Monday, May 22, 2006

Christian Organizations Aid And Abet Illegal Immigration

According to a report posted today (May 22nd) by the National Alliance News Service, a surge in the number of volunteers fanning out across Arizona's southern deserts to aid illegal immigrants is expected this summer. Leaders of two faith-based groups, No More Deaths and Samaritan Patrol, say they've signed up hundreds of volunteers to deliver food, water and medical aid to migrants illegally walking into the country from Mexico. No More Deaths alone has 500 registered volunteers, up from 300 last summer. A third group, Humane Borders, affiliated with the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Tucson, has installed and continues to maintain water tanks in areas frequented by illegal immigrants.

The Rev. John Fife (pictured at left), a leader of the Samaritan Patrol and a pastor emeritus of the Southside Presbyterian Church of Tucson, said the organization will continue transporting illegal immigrants despite the threat of prosecution. Fife, a veteran of the Sanctuary movement in the 1980s that aided refugees from Central America, claims that the Samaritan Patrol is working within the law. The following statement from the Samaritan Patrol website indicates they might have reached an accomodation with the Border Patrol:

"Isn't that illegal? No. Samaritan Patrol a.k.a. Samaritans is an entirely overt organization committed to a protocol of aid that has been reviewed by the Border Patrol. We cooperate with them and have enjoyed cordial relations with the agents in the field. We patrol only areas that are open to us and we may at times do a medical evacuation for persons found in the desert only in cases of medical distress."

Analysis: Perhaps these faith-based conspirators of illegal alien smuggling should just relocate to Mexico and help the illegals out down there. After all, why make them suffer walking through the Arizona desert? They could even have the illegals build a church in Mexico and pay them under the table!

This is another manifestation of the "Woodstock-Style" Christianity I have previously addressed here. It's a distortion of the account of the Good Samaritan in the Bible. The Good Samaritan, in the process of helping a victim, did not break any laws. Jesus Christ, healing on the Sabbath, did not break any laws. However, these people, in the process of helping illegal immigrants, are helping them to break the law. They forget that the same Jesus Christ who said "love one another" also said "render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's". In other words, we are to obey righteous earthly authority. The 12th Article of Faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sums it up thusly: "We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law".

If these groups, based in Tucson, are so interested in ministering to the physical needs of the less fortunate, can they not find the poor and the homeless in Tucson? Why don't they minister to their own community before launching one of these grandstanding Desert Crusades? Could it be that ministering to the locals in their own home town doesn't get as much media publicity (and as many "tithes") as these Desert Crusades? Also note that Southside has a female interim pastor. What does the Bible say about female pastors? 1 Timothy 3:2 states, "A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife,...". 1 Timothy 3:12 also states, "Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife,...". Jerry Falwell once summed it up thusly - a woman may have a teaching ministry (like Joyce Meyer) or a healing ministry (like Marilyn Hickey), but a woman cannot have a pastoral ministry. So Southside Presbyterian Church already has a track record for departing from the word of God.

If these organizations want to continue aiding illegal immigrants within the confines of the law, then when they encounter them, they must also report them to the designated authorities.

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