Mediaite has a clip of an open border progressive Isaac Wright going toe to toe with Kurt Schlichter over the incarceration of illegals on Fox News. Wright, as is de rigeur for Lefties on mike, tended to talk right over Schlichter and the Fox anchor babe. At one point in the discussion Wright, attempting to inject the pretence of morality into his position, references the Bible, to which Schlichter brilliantly rejoined, “Are you Jesus-splaining immigration to me, Isaac?!?”
I’d noticed that tendency to “Jesus-splain immigration” the other day on Facebook. It seems that this has become the new Leftist talking point. And it really riles me up. For years they have mocked, derided and dismissed Christian deplorables for “clinging to our guns and our Bibles.” They have succeeded in virtually driving us from the public square and turned the term Christian into a synonym for backward, obtuse, mystified intellectual knuckle dragger. Now, suddenly, the Scriptures are in vogue again, when it suits their purpose to pull them out and beat us about the head and shoulders with our own Holy Writ. And do it, what’s more, by misquoting and twisting the meaning of the texts.
Oh, I’m pissed. You betcha.
The two texts they reference are about the Israelites going to Egypt and Joseph and Mary fleeing Nazareth with the child Jesus to protect him from King Herod’s murderous intent. Not having seen the inside of a church since the last time Hillary went to a black Church to practice her second language, Jive, suddenly they are Biblical scholars non pareil. “Would you turn away Jesus, Mary and Joseph?” they ask. Well of course not! “Then how can you turn away these poor benighted people and their poor benighted children?” Pure sophistry.
So if you aren’t interested in the Bible and don’t want to hear my exegesis, click away now.
The existence of nations is not an accident, and is part of God’s plan for the salvation of the world. Nations exist to safeguard the welfare of the culturally and ethnically homogenous people that reside within its borders. In Biblical times rulers were expected to defend the land, the people, the culture and the religion of their nation. The Jewish prophets were forever warning the kings of Israel to be faithful to God and avoid alliances with other nations, including alliances by marriage. 90% of their troubles found their source in their insistence on doing just the opposite of what they had been told.
But before all that got underway, Jacob’s sons were jealous of Joseph, their youngest brother. So to get rid of the annoying little pest they sold him into slavery rather than kill him outright. Ultimately he became the Egyptian Pharaoh’s trusted slave and counselor. So when famine hit the land Joseph’s brothers petitioned Pharaoh for permission to enter Egypt. At Joseph’s behest the petition was granted and the Israelites were assigned a place in the Kingdom.
So note well these points: 1. the first Israelite, Joseph, was brought into Egypt against his will as a slave. 2. The other Israelites later requested permission to enter, the did not just invade. 3. Pharaoh granted permission and assigned them a place in the Kingdom, they didn’t just wander around doing as they pleased, they were under obedience to the laws of Egypt as expressed by Pharaoh.
Four hundred years later the Israelites had not assimilated, and that lack of assimilation became a problem for Egypt. Their status was then changed from Green Card holders to slaves. Measures were taken by the new Dynasty to insure that the Israelites would no longer be able to maintain a separate and distinct cultural and racial identity within Egypt. Rather than submit to genocide the Israelites chose to leave Egypt. When the chaos created by Egypt trying to both retain and destroy this racially distinct minority within their borders, Pharaoh gave them an exit visa.
Note these points: 1. Non-assimilation is a problem. 2. It is a problem that grows over time. 3. The minority must assimilate or expelled, else the host culture will be destroyed.
Later, after leaving Egypt they wandered around the Sinai peninsula, then as now a desolate inhospitable land, although at that time not subject to anybody’s jurisdiction – nobody wanted it. In trying to leave the Sinai the Israelites came to the borders of Edom. They requested permission to pass through Edom into the Promised Land. The King of Edom refused them permission and stationed his army to prevent them. Moses then led the people back into Sinai until they could find another approach to the Promised Land.
Points to ponder: 1. They went from Egypt into a land with no jurisdiction. 2. When they came to the border of a land under the jurisdiction of the King of Edom they requested permission to pass through, essentially a transit visa. 3. When the King refused permission they honored the law of the land and did not enter.4. They went back into the desert to look for another opportunity. Under the leadership of Moses they obeyed the law!
When Israel had constituted itself as a nation it received immigrants as well. Those that entered illegally were called ‘strangers’ and ‘aliens’ and had a rought time making their way in the land. Those that entered with the permission of the tribal elders, or later the King, were called ‘sojourners.’ Sojourners were expected to speak Hebrew, dress as Jews, conduct themselves as did the Hebrews, including cultic worship of the One True God. They were required to assimilate. Those that didn’t were ostracized. It wasn’t a question of religious fanaticism, it was question of protecting and preserving the integrity of the Hebrew people, their Promised Land and their religion and the unadulerated worship in the temple at Jerusalem.
So the Left poses the question, Would you turn away the Baby Jesus, (you monster)? That is the linguistic kill shot the Left uses to manipulate surrender of our principles and give them carte blanche to implement their open border immigration policies. Turns out you don’t have to hate the Baby Jesus to refute them.
The Holy Family were true refugees, they needed to get away from Horrible Herod. The Gospels record that they went Egypt. But were they illegal immigrants comparable to the millions that have flooded our country? No they were not!
In the first place they weren’t looking for a better welfare deal than what they had in Nazareth. Just 2 miles outside of Nazareth there was a Roman administrative center, which explains the parable referenced in the Gospels, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Government hasn’t changed in 2000 years. As a carpenter, a skilled artisan, Joseph was in a good position to provide for his family. They left because of the immediate threat posed by Herod’s determination to protect his dynasty by killing the newborn King of the Jews. Fat lot of good it did him.
Secondly, the Roman Empire ran on trade. It was the insecurity of the trade routes that ultimately did the Romans in and reduced everybody to poverty for five hundred years. Later in the story we see that the Holy Family regularly travelled to Jerusalem in caravans. Certainly they would have been able to join a caravan going to Egypt. As such they would have been crossing political boundaries, but political boundaries of provinces within the Roman Empire itself. They did not pass outside the borders of Rome. The trip was made entirely within the jurisdiction of the Roman Empire along roads maintained and guarded by Roman Legions. Once in Egypt they would have been integrated into the large Jewish diaspora community already theret. Joseph would of a certainty have gone immediately to work in his trade. They never took a single copper quadrans from the Egyptian Department of Social Services. Within three years Herod was dead and they went back to Nazareth.
Points to remember: 1. Jesus, Mary and Joseph were political refugees. 2. They never left the boundaries of the Roman Empire. 3. They did not seek to improve their economic situation at other people’s expense. 4. They returned home as soon as the political crisis was over.
The Bible lessons are as follows: If you want to enter somebody else’s nation ask permission. If you get permission, assimilate. If you and your whole family become pests they will get rid of you, go before they get nasty about it. If you don’t get permission to come in, turn around and go home, or at least some place else. The rulers of any nation, the USA in our case, have a responsibility to take care of their own citizens first and foremost, and the citizens of other nations not at all.
So what about welcoming the stranger, that’s a Biblical injunction for sure. A clear distinction, which the Left is always at pains to avoid, must be made between the role of the individual and the role of the State. As individuals we are morally responsible to treat everyone as well as their behavior deserves. The Socialist Progressives want to make the care and feeding of the influx of millions the responsibility of the State. The State’s responsibility is to protect and uphold the common weal of people who belong there. Individuals are certainly encouraged to voluntarily be kind to strangers, we’re not supposed to harass them or despoil them. I have noticed that none of these bien pensants on the Left actually welcome these invaders into their own homes or otherwise sustain them with their private funds. The kindest thing we can do is help these people get back to where they belong. Especially if they show up demanding that we provide them with a better quality of life than they had before they left home. Decisions have consequences; bad decisions have bad consequences, as Europe is finding out.
We should respect other cultures when we are in their country, just as we have the duty to demand that visitors to our country respect us and our culture. If some people want more of whatever culture, say Hispanic culture or Sharia Law, there are places in the world they can go to get it, like all of Latin America in the first instance and the entire Middle East and parts of Asia in the second. There is no reason to accommodate other cultures in the US, there is every reason to demand that other cultures accommodate to us when they are in our country. America is for the Americans, other places are for those that belong there.
Those, like the La Raza, who think that that the part of the US which once belonged to Mexico should be returned are delusional. What territory anybody holds anywhere in the world they hold by right of conquest. What we hold we hold by right of conquest. Part of what we hold was once part of the Empire of Mexico. The USA holds it by treaty following a war we won. Were it ceded to them would they then return it to the Empire of Spain, or the Aztec Empire, or the Toltecs, or the Olmecs and who knows what before that? No, this is just a Neo Marxist ploy to weaken and fragment the US. We hold it now, and will someday relinquish it someone stronger. Don’t hold your breath.
So when these Neo Marxists start thumping the Bible at you tell them they are all wet. I doubt if 90% of them could find the quote their talking point mentions. Make them show you, don’t help them. Then explain where their interpretation has gone wrong. The most compassionate thing to do would be to return them to their families in their native place. You will be accused of being an uncaring, un-Christian bigot. The fact is that they are lying anti-Christian bigots that are trying to manipulate us to push a clandestine Marxist agenda. Bible or no Bible we are not obliged to accept their arguments when the arguments are made in bad faith and with distortions of fact.
I have posted before on the situation in England with their government’s welcome of large numbers of Muslims into Old Blighty. About the Muslim rape gangs all over England, 74 English cities at last count, how these gangs have been abetted by the authorities and information about them supressed for over 20 years. How Tommy Robinson has been crusading against this evil and how he was summarily arrested, convicted and imprisoned. Now it seems that large numbers of the English people have had a belly full and are taking to the streets. What this portends for England I cannot say. But I can say that this is the same model being applied here.