Question for the open borders Christian fundamentalists: Does Jesus really want … THIS?
Our Shrewsbury is on a tear. In addition to his below post on the hopelessness of the Republicans, he has a letter today at Vdare about Christianity and immigration:
From: Roscoe Shrewsbury [email him]
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Just to locate me socioeconomically: I am a lower-middle-class nobody living in a lower-middle-class neighborhood in God-forsaken Southern California. Nevertheless, I would like to pose some questions to these evangelical leaders and high-church grand Pooh-Bahs, who regularly emerge from their meetings, convocations, conclaves, seminars, councils, conferences, and synods, to announce that Holy Scripture demands we welcome more cheap gardeners and maids for their estates.
Well, to be honest, I don’t think they phrase it quite that way—I think they usually say that the Bible says we must welcome the migrants, the strangers in our midst, wash their feet, etc. Whatever.
Anyway, I just have a few questions. For instance, are they really trying to tell me that Jesus wants my neighborhood schools filled up with Mexican gangs so I have to nearly go broke sending my kids to private school?
Why does Jesus want spray-painted gang tags on my driveway?
Why does He want me to live in a neighborhood where two murders have been committed in the street within half a block of my house in the last ten years?
Why does he want me to have to endure low-rider cars with nuclear-powered stereos passing by in the wee hours of the morning, shaking my walls with their booming so-called music?
Does Jesus really want me to spend my last nickel on inflated health-insurance premiums because the emergency rooms are filled with illegal immigrants, some with minor fungal infections, others needing millions of dollars of kidney dialysis, but none of whom ever pay?
Why does Jesus want all these things? A generation ago nobody in my (dare I say it?) white neighborhood even bothered locking their front doors. Now we remaining xenophobic nativists are obliged to keep loaded, licensed firearms in our dressers. Does that make Jesus happy?
Oh—wait a minute—or … or … or is it that all these clerics are really more interested in marxoid politics than in Christianity, and don’t actually give a rat’s patootie what Jesus wants?
You know, just idly wondering. Thank you for your time.
Stephen T. writes:
There is a huge reservoir of red state Anglo Christians in heartland areas with, thus far, very little exposure to the effects of mass illegal immigration. These people harbor incredibly romanticized views of Mexican culture which can easily be plugged into Bible verses about helping the poor, the dispossessed wanderers, etc. They are the Mike Huckabee constituency and the congregation at the sort of mid-country churches which still take up collections to sponsor Mexican nationals to come to this country, apparently in the belief that having more than 10 percent of the Mexican population here already, plus another 35 percent poised to join them, still isn’t doing enough for the Lord (also probably because they haven’t, as yet, had the experience of living in a formerly Anglo, now totally Mexicanized, neighborhood.) They tend to think of mestizo Mexicans as the last holdout of smiling, salt-of-the-earth types who don’t mind putting in a day’s physical labor at a subsistence wage—the sort of work which most of these middle-class Christians have never actually done, but who nurture a fantasy image of themselves as being people that could and would ( e.g., GW Bush, et al.) They exhibit a total inability to explain how such a presumably sterling, superior culture could manage to produce such a chaotic and debauched country as Mexico—now the most lawless in the Western hemisphere—and usually dismiss inquiries about this with a New Testament verse. Thus my previously stated belief that, in a Red State—Blue State divorce, the Reds will get the Mexicans.
M. Jose writes:
On this topic, I think that Jim Kalb said it best:
Posted by Lawrence Auster at October 18, 2010 12:47 PM | Send
17. Who would Jesus exclude?
Good question. For that matter, who would he lock up, shoot, fire, or turn down as a bad credit risk? It’s hard to say, but Christians have nonetheless accepted the need for jails, armies, and ordinary economic prudence.