What I read today
Deuteronomy 23-24; Psalm 88; Jeremiah 22; John 20; Hebrews 1
With all the talk of illegal immigration, a quick read of Deuteronomy 23 and 24 offers some guidance on how we should treat people who immigrate here.
Chapter 23 Verse 15-16 discuss the escaped slave who runs to Israel. God instructs his people not to return them back to where they came from. We have many coming today from countries that are a mess. We know that these countries are disasters. Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Brazil are just a few of the nations that are in states of complete melt-down. We struggle as a people to determine what is compassion and what is too much. It’s hard to decide which benefits we should provide people or if we should allow them to come here and work or do we return them to their home countries. This requires serious discussion and people willing to have that discussion. Unfortunately, we don’t have serious people having these discussions today. Emotions are too high on both sides to have a real conversation.
Chapter 24 Verse 14-15 and 17-18 shed further light on how we should behave with those we do allow to come here.
The first issue I have is a simple one. If we are allowing people to come here so that employers can pay them substandard wages with no worker protections to make more substantial profits, then Gods Word has a problem with what they are doing. These employers are withholding proper payments to their workers, and that is just wrong. Here is where the problem lies. If we’re allowing them here, then they should get treated as the law requires. Not as a subclass of humans not entitled to fair compensation. Our regulations, require employers to pay a minimum wage and requires safety protections, workers compensation for injuries, social security and state and federal tax withholding. Employers who aren’t doing this are the problem, and this practice should be stopped right now. This is depriving the resident alien of justice, and it’s just wrong.
Our system is broken. If we’re going to fix the immigration system, we should be asking ourselves how can we fix this in a God-pleasing manner that treats our brothers and sisters with dignity.
Then we might actually get it right.