An amazing number of people seem to get their backs up at the very idea there should be such a thing as a national border, or controls on who enters the country and/or chooses to take up residence here. This is based on a false, dangerous, utopian view that “all people are the same.” Disappointingly, many of these “open borders” groups attempt to justify their position as somehow being Biblical. I do my best on this blog to discuss issues in a way that reaches people where they are… while I am unashamedly a Christian, I don’t believe that is a prerequisite for me to have a conversation with someone about the issues of the day (though I’ve noticed it sure does help those to be civil and productive). That said, I cannot remain silent when well-meaning (and not-so-well meaning) people try to advocate suicidal policies and attempt to justify them as somehow “Christian.”
Let’s clear this up: the Bible makes clear we are all created in the image of God; that before Him, we all have value. That revelation, like it or not, is a vital part of the underpinning of the Western cultural impulse toward “equality.“ But that same sacred book also makes clear that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” While that also puts us on a level playing field vis-a-vis the Creator, scripture goes on to show there is a vast gulf between those who seek to repent and turn toward Him, and those who harden their hearts, reject Him, and often as a result reject any obligation or compassion toward their fellow man.
So it would be very wise for comfortable Christians in the West, blessed with an absence of systematic persecution for centuries, to listen carefully to their brothers and sisters who literally are on the current front lines of the age-old struggle born of Man’s Fall:
“Our sufferings today are a prelude to what even European and Western Christians will incur in the near future. Your liberal and democratic principles here [in the Middle East] are not worth anything. You need to rethink our reality in the Middle East because you are receiving in your countries, an increasing number of Muslims. You too are at risk. You have to take strong and courageous decisions, at the cost of contradicting your principles. You think that men are all the same. It is not true. Islam does not say that all men are equal. Your values are not their values. If you do not understand in time, you will become victims of the enemy that you welcomed into your home.”
What does it profit the West to invite into our lands throngs of people whose worldview is fundamentally incompatible with the very foundations that make our society appealing in the first place? There are still many who come here seeking to join in what has been built, and who do so by following the process that has been prescribed. But there are far more who either sneak in for the purpose of taking what is not theirs, or in an effort to join like-minded cohorts who only intend harm to those who live here. This is why borders are important.
Why should we hold out the promise of an equal partnership with ideologies that make no such provision for dealing likewise with others? Are we now so open minded we believe we have to open our doors and make way for those who would supplant us? Has our Quixotic quest for the ‘perfect equality’ now led literally to a death wish?
That all are created equal in value does not mean that whatever worldviews, priorities and actions we choose to adhere to are also of equal value. One need only look around the world and through history to see that not every system bears the same fruit. Islam has produced nothing but bitter fruit for 14 centuries. It is past time for those who can see clearly to recognize–and act on the recognition–that treating the individual Muslim with human dignity does not require treating Islam as somehow just “one of many truths.” It is not, as the astute observer Alexis de Tocqueville noted two centuries ago:
Reading the latter [Koran] is one of the most … instructive things imaginable because the eye easily discovers there, by very closely observing, all the threads by which the prophet held and still holds the members of his sect. … [T]hat the first of all religious duties is to blindly obey the prophet, that holy war is the first of all good deeds … [A]ll these doctrines of which the practical outcome is obvious are found on every page and in almost every word of the Koran are so striking that I cannot understand how any man with good sense could miss them.
Unlike today’s spineless relativism, Tocqueville also saw clearly that not all worldviews are created equal:
If Christianity should in fact disappear, as so many hasten to predict, it would befall us, as already happened to the ancients before its advent, a long moral decrepitude, a poisoned old age, that will end up bringing I know not where nor how a new renovation. … I closely studied the Koran especially because of our position with regard to the Muslim populations in Algeria and throughout the Orient. I admit that I came out of that study with the conviction that, all things considered, there had been few religions in the world so dreadful for men as that of Muhammad. It is, I believe, the major cause of the decadence today so visible in the Muslim world and though it is less absurd than ancient polytheism, it’s social and political tendencies, in my opinion much more to be feared. I see it relative to paganism itself as a decadence rather than an advance.
I will go Tocqueville one better. As someone who has traveled in the Muslim world, interacted with the people, and read and discussed the Koran with them, I’ve reached a conclusion. Islam is among the most successful systems of subjugation and exploitation ever devised. It is a lie straight from the pit of Hell, designed to deflect the grace, forgiveness, freedom and individual redemption of the Cross with the burdens of legalism, maltreatment and hopelessness.
Does that conclusion mean I hate Muslims and wish them ill? Quite the contrary… it means I recognize they are spiritually enslaved. It means I love them individually, but not by affirming in word and deed the very system that oppresses them and would, given half a chance, take root to do the same here. It means I recognize Christian grace and Islamic works are fundamentally incompatible worldviews, and that when given the opportunity, I point out the differences. The people of the West used to realize their obligation to spread the Truth with which they had been blessed, and this led to waves of missionaries around the world. That legacy still exists, much diminished in no small part because we’ve become unsure in our own civilization that there even IS such a thing as Truth.
And that, more than anything, has given evil the opportunity to rear its very ugly head, both here and abroad. I defy you to watch the beheadings of Daniel Pearl, James Foley or the other victims of this murderous cult, and then still claim that truth is in the eye of the beholder. Understand that the longer that attitude persists, and the more we simply throw open our borders to whomever wants to wander in, the more likely it is such activity will take place not in Iraq, but in Detroit; not in Pakistan, but in New York.
For those of you reading who are fellow followers of Christ, I urge us all to pray for God to do what all our nation’s material power cannot: show the power of His grace to millions who have no idea what is available to them. Just as importantly, we need to pray that the cataracts of spiritual relativism fall from the eyes of those who live here with the trappings of grace without acknowledging its Source. The world needs the Light more than ever before, and yet it is growing dim even here.
Some of you reading this may have stayed with the post to that last paragraph, then went “what?” If you’re curious how I’ve reached the conclusions I have, I welcome your questions. But note this: I have no interest in fruitless recitation of tired old canards that try to put Truth on trial for the personal failings of alleged individual adherents. As I noted before, ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God… and that includes your host. My failings–and those of others across the centuries–do not negate the Truth. They validate the need for it. If you are unwilling to accept that premise, there is likely little we have to discuss and our time is better spent in other pursuits.
And with that, the comments section is open… and unmoderated. Use the freedom responsibly and in search for answers, not arguments.