Monday, June 18, 2012

The Sojourners in America

The land shall not be sold forever: for the land is mine; for ye are strangers and sojourners with me.  Leviticus 25:23

When President Obama announced his new immigration policy last week, Mitt Romney immediately pounced.  He released this statement, the gist of which is that he would support allowing immigrants to stay here  only if they joined the military.  How conveniently that dovetails with Romney's blatant rhetoric about attacking Iran.  Just yesterday on Face The Nation, Romney said: "I can assure you if I'm president, the Iranians will have no question but that I would be willing to take military action, if necessary, to prevent them from becoming a nuclear threat to the world."

How calculating and downright evil, and not in the least wise the compassion of a Christian: to take the children who were brought here underage by their parents, and to grant them some form of amnesty provided they are willing to go die in Mitt's military endeavors.  The overtures have been plentiful and loud, and make no mistake: Mitt intends to be a wartime president.

Lately one of Mitt's favorite attack phrases against President Obama is to accuse him of being 'out of touch.;' on everything from the economy  to the message the voters sent in protecting Scott Walker in Wisconsin's recent recall election.  Almost daily Romney demonstrates that he's out of touch with just about everything but the vicissitudes of the rich, and yesterday, also on Face The Nation, when pressed to respond to President Obama's new immigration policy announcement, Romney said: "He was president for the last three and half years and did nothing on immigration."

That is yet another clear demonstration of Romney being out of touch.  Since he ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2007 and 2008, it is obvious now that all along he planned to run again this year.  That being the case, one would think that he would have paid very close attention to Obama's every move during the interim.  Instead he's ignoring the facts to propagate his own fictional revision of recent history.  President Obama and the Democrats have broached the immigration issue several times, and on July 1, 2010, Obama gave a major address asking congress to join him in tackling immigration reform.  A bipartisan effort is required to make that happen, and the Republican response to President Obama's speech was swift and decisive: there would be no discussion of the issue. Period.  I even recall John McCain saying:  "Now is not the time to address immigration."  He gave no particular reason why, just those words.  And with that decree there was no further discussion and the issue was dead.  Just a few weeks later the Republican congressmen and senators running for re-election in the border states were heavily criticizing President Obama and the federal government for failing to act on the immigration issue, like the true and despicable hypocrites that they are.

President Obama is a Christian.  Mitt Romney is not.  Romney is a Mormon, which is a false religion that was started by a false prophet, and which claims to be a Christian denomination but cannot be, as is at odds with the Bible on numerous immutable points of its doctrine.  As the right wing Christians start to grasp for ways to justify voting for Romney, one of their rationales is to claim he is more in line with biblical principles than Obama.  The Bible is very clear on the topic of immigrants: the Israelites spent four hundred years in bondage in Egypt specifically so that God could reveal how He expects His children to treat foreigners sojourning in their land.

In scripture the Holy Spirit often repeats for emphasis sentiments of particular importance.  This is clearly a major deal with the LORD as it is addressed dozens of times throughout the Old Testament.

God said:  Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.  Exodus 20:21

And God also said:  Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.  Exodus 23:9

And lest it failed to sink in, again God said:  But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.  Leviticus 19:38

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