C H U R C H R E F O R M S E R I E S
By Biblicism Institute
It is true that if God wanted countries to have borders, He would have carved them into the earth for all to see. But He didn’t.
It is also true that nation-states are a fairly new concept. They were engineered by European powers to facilitate the reining in of their own territories and Empires. Prior to that mostly city-states existed, and people freely moved about from one city-state to the next.
It is also very true that today things are quite different. We have now more people alive than at any other time in history. Billions of people to be exact. Imagine thousands upon thousands of people marching from one country to another. The result would be quite chaotic for the region being invaded.
Therefore, a certain type of border control in every nation is desirable, until such time as every country is economically self-sustainable and at peace. Once that happens, everyone’s borders would be quiet except for the normal flow of businessmen and tourists.
We could even witness a time when the great flow of earthlings would no longer require visas or passports, because no one would be afraid of foreigners anymore, since every country’s economy would be doing peachy – funny how money changes one’s perspective.
As mankind marches towards that time, God is slowly bringing around the many nations of the world to become ONE nation again, like it was before he divided them into many nations at the Tower of Babel, employing Jesus as the catalyst for this borderless reunion.
“There is neither Judahite nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all ONE in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3: 28
Still, that doesn’t mean God is getting rid of countries and cultures – though if He decided to do so, it would be His prerogative. In essence, all it truly means is that God is uniting mankind through love and brotherhood, using Jesus our Lord.
Consequently, a xenophobic and bigoted control of any country’s border, which removes all trace of human and Christian compassion, is to be rejected. Such control is callous and turns those who enforce it into beasts – with apologies to beasts.
Countries are God-inspired constructs designed to better manage man’s affairs, and not to separate mankind and pit people against people. Besides, no one, except God, owns the countries of the world because no human created the earth.
“The earth is the Lord‘s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” Psalm 24:1
Imagine for a moment that Jacob and his eleven sons were denied entry into Egypt, as they sought to survive the seven-year famine. Imagine also that Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, as they fled Herod’s wrath in Judah, were turned away at the border of Egypt.
Unimaginable, isn’t it? Because if they were hindered, it would have been heartless.
In all things, there must be balance.
As a community, as a country, as a world we must decide how far we are willing to go to impede the migrating tide of our fellow men. While mulling over such a fateful decision, we should keep this in mind: we don’t own this earth, we don’t own anything. Let’s not act as if we’re God and as if everything around us is to satisfy our own selfish ambitions. The whole of earth is for all of mankind. So let us use wisdom when deciding on things that will affect others. Because one day, instead of them being the migrants, it could be us or our children.
In general, no one really wants to leave their home country, unless they are forced to do so either for political (war included) or economical reasons. Therefore, in order for every country’s borders to be at peace, mostly two things are needed.
First, all current superpowers, such as the US Federal Government, need to stop meddling in other people’s countries. A few examples:
1. Whenever the US Empire props up a foreign dictator that is oppressing its populace, no one should be surprised when people from that dictator’s country scurry over to the US. Remember the deluge of Haitian and Cuban boat people? Well, the US supported both Duvalier and Batista and imposed an embargo on Fidel Castro’s Cuba.
2. The US Empire also helped fix the Mexican elections against the populist Andres Manuel Lopes Obrador in July 2006, because they wanted to keep the oil safe for American interests by stopping another Hugo Chavez type. Likewise the US “Justice” Department activated their Fast & Furious operation which had the corrupt DEA selling powerful weapons to drug cartels on the Mexican border. You read right. The US government was doing business with drug dealers and murderers. But as always they had an excuse. They said it was a sting operation. The perfect lie since no one in these cartels got arrested. Still, many Mexican border towns became ghost towns because of these cartels. Where do you think these people went?
3. When France’s African Empire collapsed, its oppressed people were left in abject misery after decades of subjugation. So tens of thousands packed up and left for France. Where else were they supposed to go? They spoke French now.
4. The US and its allies in Europe, wagged by the monstrous state of Israel, are currently destroying Syria (and most of the Middle East) with terrorist groups they finance. Why? To benefit Israel. After years of war in which 300,000 Syrians have been killed and wounded, with millions either displaced or refugees, Syrian emigrants are now making their way inside Europe and causing massive jitters throughout the West. Seriously, what did they expect?
Second, instead of casting stones rich countries should genuinely help poor countries in their struggle, and not take advantage of them via thieving and warmongering organizations such as World Bank, WTO, IMF, NATO, Pentagon, etc. These groups are choking the very life out of underdeveloped nations: “development” banks with their usurious system impose harsh conditions that are unrealistic and difficult to meet, while the other groups sneak in their imperialistic and militaristic agendas via bias trade agreements, skewed foreign policies, and occupation-style military bases. These money and power hungry wolves are willfully undermining these countries and holding them back from the very progress they seek.
If true and constructive help is provided, without meddling in these poor nations’ internal affairs, then illegals and refugees – economic or otherwise – could become a thing of the past.
In short, let us care more for each other and do unto others what we’d like them to do unto us. After all, we are all one family, descendants of our forefather Adam and his wife Eve.
“If a stranger lives as a foreigner with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. The stranger who lives as a foreigner with you shall be to you as the native-born among you, and you shall love him as yourself… I am Yahweh your God.” Leviticus 19:33-34