Dr. Richard Land: Trump Was Right to Bring His Immigration Case Directly to the American People
Southern Evangelical Seminary President Says Any Country That Does Not Control Its Borders Will Become a Different Country
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Immigration is the topic dominating nearly every headline in the nation, and American opinion is as varied as the news coverage.
Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu) President and Evangelical leader Dr. Richard Land, who serves on President Donald Trump’s advisory board for faith issues, explored this controversial topic in a recent installment of his daily radio feature, “Bringing Every Thought Captive.”
“President Trump has addressed the nation about the pressing need to speak to the security and immigration crisis and our southern border,” Land said. “I, along with many others, had been urging him to do this for some time. We’ve told him to take his case directly to the American people and tell them what is really going on and what we need to do to protect our nation. Thank God, he has now done so. Every American must remember this: any country that does not control its borders will at some point become a different country. It is estimated that approximately 170 million people in Latin America alone would like to come to the United States. I don’t blame them. However, if significant numbers of them do so, they will change the culture that drew them here in the first place. A nation cannot absorb 30 or 40 million people from a different culture in one generation and not begin to lose the national identity.
“Inevitably, America would become more like the countries these people fled and less like the one to which they aspire to immigrate,” Land added. “This has nothing to do with race or ethnicity. It is about language and culture. We are a diverse nation, but we are different from the Latin American countries from which these immigrant caravans are coming. We have more freedom, more rights, more rule of law, a more prosperous nation and a fairer economy. That’s why they want to come here.
“Perhaps the best illustration that this has nothing to do with ethnicity is the fact that we are very soon going to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an African-American whose ancestors were brought here involuntarily as slaves, but who had drunk deeply from the well of our Judeo-Christian heritage and became one of the most eloquent spokesmen for the freedoms and belief in the innate, God-given dignity of all human beings expressed in our founding documents.
“Germany is another example. After World War II, Germany was divided between the West and a communist East. They came back together in 1990, and they’re still dealing with the difficulties of merging the two countries together even when they had shared a common language and a common history, except for 40 years of division. Perhaps the most important thing at risk in the immigration crisis is not our safety, but our continued existence as the United States of America.”
Regardless of how immigration may change the culture, Land says Christians may be torn between policies and their biblical teachings. What are Christians to do as they face the moral arguments within America’s immigration crisis? Land says the faithful can take four actions:
- Pray for the migrants.
- Encourage the government to make sure they are treated as humanely as possible, and in doing so, religious groups should offer to help by providing resources and aid.
- Insist that the government change immigration laws to close loopholes that are being exploited shamelessly.
- Urge that the country have secure borders so no one can enter without the government’s approval.
“No country in the world has ever experienced peace when there hasn’t been a common language to hold them together,” Land concluded. “There is obviously some limit to how many people our society can assimilate over a limited period of time without fundamentally altering the society that drew them to America in the first place. The great melting pot means that people from various cultures assimilate to the American culture as embodied in our founding documents. We must insist that the emphasis must always be on the right syllable: Anglo-American, Irish-American, Asian-American, African-American, Indian-American. That preserves the invaluable American ideal that anyone can become an American by embracing our founding principles, regardless of culture or origin.”
For 25 years, SES has existed to equip students and ministry leaders to share the Gospel from an intelligent, informed and rational biblical worldview. Courses, conferences, seminars, guest speakers and more seek to accomplish this longstanding mission. Central to this purpose is the provision of a biblical basis and an academic understanding of believers’ commitment to Christ. Therefore, SES seeks to provide an educational opportunity where the Christian world view is both a framework for thinking and a dynamic for living.
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