If the Bible were indeed a moral compass for the Trump administration, America would graciously “Share with the Lord’s people who are in need,” and “Practice hospitality,” as Paul instructed the apostles in Romans 12:13.
Jeff Sessions spoke to law enforcement officers in Fort Wayne, Indiana on June 14, 2018. According to NBC News, Sessions attempted to defend the current immigration policy of separating children and parents by citing from Romans 13:1-7:
“Persons who violate the law of our nation are subject to prosecution. I would cite you to the apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes.” He added, “Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves. Consistent and fair application of the law is in itself a good and moral thing, and that protects the weak, it protects the lawful.”
Three facts should be noted here:
1) the “weak” in this situation seem to be the children and families seeking refuge 2) this biblical quote has rarely been cited since proponents of slavery quoted it to defend slavery as a practice blessed by God, and 3) the apostle Paul wrote several epistles from his own jail cell.
Romans 13:10 closes by advising: “Love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore, love is the fulfillment of the law.” I say this acknowledging that anyone can quote biblical passages out of context and manipulate scriptures to justify our own agendas, but one fact remains true. Love is the glue that binds families and all of humanity together, especially in the Bible.
No law states that we can or should take children from their parents. The current administration’s policies leave no room for confirming an immigrant’s status for legal asylum before separating young children from their parents for incarceration. To date, 1,358 children have been swept away from their parents’ arms, while parents are told the children are going to be bathed. This is eerily similar to a time and place not so long ago when people were told they were going to take showers as they were led into gas chambers.
The Trump administration’s message is clear: ‘Make emigrating to America worse than staying in a war-torn or violent home country and say “NO” to everyone.’ I am ashamed of our nation’s current leaders and their actions regarding immigration, and I vow to fight this and all other discriminatory and inhumane policies.
I suggest that Jeff Sessions and any member of our government read and try to live by the Bible before attempting to defend their heinous actions with scripture.