Q: “I am confused about the issues of having a wall on the southern border. I see both sides—the humanitarian side and our need to protect this country. What is your take on it?”
A: It is a good policy for Christians, that when in doubt seek out what God has to say about it in the Bible. When you search the Bible, you will discover that God divided and established borders for nations for a good reason. (See Acts 17:26; Deuteronomy 32:8; Genesis 10.) and you will also find that a city that was not walled during Old Testament times was considered vulnerable and void of credibility when it came to their enemies (Deuteronomy 32:8). You can also see this especially play out during Nehemiah’s time (Nehemiah 2:17). He came to Jerusalem to build the wall and during the reformation that happened under Ezra and Nehemiah, the foreign wives along with their children had to be sent back to their original people.
Proverbs 25:28 gives us this insight, “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.” It is clear that as believers we need disciplines that will guard our soul from that which would subvert us spiritually. Likewise, nations without just laws will end in chaos and nations without protective borders will be broken down. Keep in mind, the main responsibility of the politicians in Washington DC is to protect the sovereignty of this nation.
Walls and fences are to establish borders as the means to declare the sovereignty of a city or a nation for protection from those who would subvert it. They are used by every country and nation to some extent. In fact, nations have borders with check points throughout Europe, and remember the great wall of China. To let people in without vetting them and ensuring that they are coming to benefit this country is insane and suicidal to a nation.
The Lord established borders to keep the people of Israel pure from idolatry and other wicked practices that would ultimately become a snare to them and destroy their witness, bringing them down as a nation (Exodus 23:31-33; Deuteronomy 7:16; Judges 2:3). The truth is every nation has cultural influences and every culture, including America, has their own idols and worldly, wicked philosophies. Such mixtures are not beneficial; rather, they are destructive to any nation. Case in point: consider the Islamic extremists who are blatant in their move to subvert our country and our Laws as they try to bring their laws to this nation with the goal of eventually ruling over it.
There are different names for these mixtures such as profane, unholy, unequally yoked, and etc. We can see other nationalities who are lawless and want to benefit off the backs of Americans while refusing to recognize our laws and assimilate into our society to become responsible citizens. These people are literally parasites who are robbing the American citizens of life, liberty and their own pursuit of happiness. Illegal aliens in some cases have more rights and privileges than the citizens of America. They are preferred and cuddled by some, not for humanitarian reasons, but for the purpose of using them as mere puppets for political aspirations These individuals either do not realize or care that eventually they will be discarded like everyone else once they no longer serve these people’s wicked agendas.
Remember, America did not create this crisis at the southern border. Many people are coming on the basis of false promises by those who are guilty of sedition and want to break the back of this nation and eventually destroy America as we know it. I am for humanitarian purposes, but it is not the responsibility of America to solve the problems of the world, nor is it this nation’s obligation to take everyone in who wants to come in. The Lord stated that we would always have the poor among us and He established practices of temple alms and gleaning for the poor, refuge cities for those passing through, and a call to strict adherence to His holy Law for anyone who stayed among the people of Israel, which included worshipping the true God of heaven and of Israel.
It is important to know that some of the political pundits who advocate humanitarian claims as far as our southern border are striving for a one-world, global government. This means all the walls must eventually come down from around all nations, while the idea of any sovereign nation will become a bad deal and everyone will have to come under the rule of one person—one man who will be doing Satan’s bidding, a merciless tyrant who has been identified as the anti-Christ. Although these world planners have made great strides to bring this about, we know that in the end God will step on the scene and bring an end to their attempts once and for all. And, what will happen to those who survive the great ordeal that is coming at us like a freight train? The Bible declares that they will return to the families and countries they came from. (See Isaiah 13:14; Jeremiah 50:16.)