It’s rare that a Breitbart.com post gets me laughing out loud, but this one is one for the ages.
The ongoing crisis has been a source of division even between pastors working in the same city. Pastors Robert Jeffress and Frederick Haynes both lead mega-churches in Dallas. Jeffress, who appears on Fox News, argued the U.S. should build a fence on the border. Haynes gave a sermon calling the comments “fear mongering.”
This leads Sexton to the conclusion that Catholics and some evangelicals are “to the left of the White House and Hillary Clinton” on the issue of the children.
Keep in mind that these are the same people who claim the hard-right “Christian” righteous territory. They’re having difficulty reconciling their bigotry with what Christianity itself teaches, so for their benefit, I offer some references.
Leviticus 19:33-34 (NIV) – When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt.
There’s nothing optional in that sentence. It’s all imperative: “must be treated”, “love them” are commands, not requests.
Deuteronomy 10:18, in a call to Israel to fear the Lord and follow the law, describes the righteous man as one who “defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you were foreigners in Egypt.”
In case the message wasn’t clear enough, that rule is first handed down in Exodus, and is repeated throughout all of the Old Testament laws. In all, foreigners are mentioned 82 separate times throughout the text of the Christian Bible.
Is it any surprise, then, that churches would actually adopt the rules of their faith in practice as well as words? Some argue that Old Testament law was superceded by Jesus’ commands, and indeed when it comes to issues of punishment, judgment and forgiveness, even a surface reading confirms that. But with regard to how people are to be treated, these commands stand up under New Testament and Old Testament law.
Sexton’s column highlights right-wing bigots’ dilemma when they hide behind the cross to point their fingers and spew their hate at those less fortunate. It’s anti-Biblical and antithetical to their claims of Christianity. So they politicize it.
Some things should not be politicized. This is why principled churches are becoming doers rather than sayers, or in the case of Breitbart and their cohorts, naysayers.
There is no room for the kind of hatred Breitbart followers have for needy children who are fleeing horrible conditions within the Christian faith. Indeed, Reverend Barber is absolutely right when he says he is an atheist when it comes to a God of hate and bigotry.
Watch the video below, via Crooks and Liars: