Thank you for this opportunity to respond to topic(s) read in The Sun-Gazette. I thank you that this format is still afforded to the community.
There is a columnist for The Sun-Gazette who has expressed on many occasions of her views and beliefs regarding illegal immigration. And I respect the fact that she has the right to her views and beliefs.
I first want to commend the writer of her reflective heart of love and compassion; those are wonderful attributes to have for mankind.
However, in [Trudy Wischemann’s] column published on Jan. 1, 2020, “No Room,” it compels me to respond when ‘illegal immigration’ has been conjoined with the story of Christ Jesus and His birth.
There is absolutely no comparison with the holy birth of the Son of God, and the journey of Joseph and Mary, and with the true meaning behind “No Room,” alongside people flooding our borders to come illegally into our country.
The United States of America is a blessed nation under God, in which there is wonderful opportunity to whomever desires to put forth the effort to flourish and prosper.
We, the U.S., welcome immigrants to come and be a part of our country through a lawful way; through which opportunities to succeed is extended to all. We are not a perfect country, but we are a good country; (yet sadly declining due to its impetuous rise of evil).
It is wrong and dangerous to promote a talking-point associating the love of Christ the Lord, and God the Father, with embracing and promoting illegal acts, which is sin.
To take one attribute of God to make it fit a personal or political agenda, is totally erroneous and misrepresenting the God of the Holy Scriptures…although He is a God of love, He is Holy and hates all sin, as He commands us to turn away from our sin and to follow Him in His righteous ways.
God does not compromise His Holiness to appease any person to commit sin. And for a believer to encourage another person or a group-of-people to commit an act of illegal entry, is irresponsible and misleading, and is a true disservice to that person(s). For our witness should be to encourage one another to do that which is ‘right’ in the sight of God; and which honors Him of who He is.
God commands us in His Word to love one another, but also to obey the laws of the land and to honor those in authority.
How can newcomers learn to respect any law of our land, when so many voices on this side compels them that it is their right to come, no matter the law? How very sad is that!
I have a nephew-in-law who will be sworn in as a new citizen of the United States in February 2020. And I tell you there is such pride to witness this great event which this young man pursued legal citizenship into our country. There comes with it a great blessing of true appreciation for our country, and the purposeful process to follow in order to be welcomed and embraced, and to be a true, law-abiding citizen! There is honor in that, and great accomplishment achieved that no one can take from him.
We all need to be very careful of how we use God, Christ Jesus the Lord, while promoting one to sin…they don’t go hand-in-hand. And we will be held accountable for that.
Patsy K. Miller
Editor’s note: Asylum is a legal method of immigration in the U.S., granted to individuals who can demonstrate that they are unable or unwilling to return to their country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. The right for any person to seek asylum became U.S. immigration law when Congress passed the Refugee Act of 1980.