A Baptist pastor condemned Christian congregations who harbor illegal immigrants Sunday, arguing that “Jesus was not this wimpy guy who walked around munching sunflower seeds and saying nice things to people.”
Right now, 23 states and the District of Columbia have houses of worship that harbor or provide sanctuary for illegal immigrants.
Speaking to Leland Vittert on Fox and Friends Weekend Sunday, Pastor Robert Jeffress was asked about the validity of churches granting safe haven to illegal immigrants. “Look, a lot of these liberal churches that harbor illegal immigrants who are criminals say they’re following the example of Jesus,” Jeffress said. “The only problem is they’re following the Jesus of their imagination rather than the Jesus of the Bible.”
Jesus was not this wimpy little guy who walked around munching sunflower seeds and saying nice things to people. The real Jesus of the Bible said ‘render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s.’ That is: obey the government.
The discussion comes almost two weeks after Kate Steinle was killed in San Francisco, allegedly by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, who is in the U.S. illegally. Lopez-Sanchez confessed to committing the crime to authorities and admitted to traveling to the city because of its “sanctuary city” policy, meaning it does not enforce federal immigration law.
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Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, N.C., said that while we should not be “aiding and abetting criminals,” it would be inappropriate to deny people basic needs:
[W]hen people show up and they’re hungry, when they’re thirsty, when they need shelter — the cross of Christ says that this is a place where you’re going to get a cup of cold water … some shelter … some hot food. It’s not our job to be asking for a green card before we extend the mercy of Christ.
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