Heaven’s gates are open to illegal immigrants…

Normally, I do not write politically motivated blogs, but I felt led to write this one because it reflected a religious entitlement that did not sit well with me.  Many people who profess Christianity are short-sighted when it comes to earthly political matters,  it shows little understanding of sin, hypocrisy and what the blood of Jesus really does in allowing us the blessing of going to Heaven.

I’ve been reading a number of FaceBook posts and news articles about Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration and what that means for “Americans”.  I’m truly disappointed by posts from people who profess to be Christians, but appear to be content with the history of the ‘illegal European immigrants’ (Pilgrims) – that eventually stripped Americans (Native Americans) of their homes, rights and land.  More European illegal immigrants and their descendants saw fit to travel to other countries and displace entire races of people and bring them to the US as slaves – apparently motivated by their Christian duty to ‘civilize’ people of color.

 I don’t understand how, given the history of the US, today’s Americans and Christians at that, can be comfortable criticizing so called ‘illegal immigrants’ who, like the first Pilgrims came to the US fleeing persecution and seeking a better life.  Why these Christians cannot see this hypocrisy is beyond me –  but Jesus struggled with the same problem with the Pharisees (Matt 23: 24, 27)- and after all, Ecclesiastes tells us there is nothing new under the sun. (Eccl. 1:9).It amazes me how today’s Americans are worried about so called illegal immigrants being placed ahead of them.  But back then, no one thought it was wrong when those illegal European immigrants were getting ahead, spreading disease and chasing Native American people out of their homes. Besides, when we all get to heaven, will it truly be a day of rejoicing? Or are we going to start bickering about how Pedro, Chun-Mao or Muhammad got in and why they are eating all the fruit before the truly worthy folk who paid their tithe to get in?

Entitlement and vanity. Is there an entitlement to whatever resources the US has and a vanity because somehow today’s Americans think they own those resources?  The reality is – not one ounce of the US or its resources belongs to any of us and neither are we deserving of any of it. The earth and all that is in it belongs to God (Psalm 24:1) – He’s just allowing us to manage it for now and we’re making a bit of a mess.

I truly believe there is more than enough resources to go around.  God created the earth and told us to populate it (Gen 1:28).  I do not for one minute believe that God would have told us that, if he did not think the earth could sustain a growing population.  The problem isn’t with illegal immigrants using up ‘our’ resources or taking ‘our’ jobs.  The problem is that we do not properly manage the resources that God gave to us.  The amount of food that is squandered while people die of hunger is outrageous. But there are many people making fat salaries for kicking/shooting a ball around, being an actor, singer or ‘celebrity’ and there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with that?  Somehow our society is able to justify ridiculous pay checks for the people that entertain us. But for those people who are hungry and seeking a better life, we heap scorn on them and keep our gates/borders tightly locked fearing they will enter the US and take from a dismal welfare system that they are not even registered with.

In heaven, everyone is going to have enough according to their need, whether their name is Pedro, Chun-Mao or Muhammad. I dare anyone to speak up to God in heaven and challenge him as to why these individuals are here and eating all the fruit they want.

I leave you with this thought… there will be illegal immigrants in Heaven… lots of them, including YOU… and I!  Everyone in Heaven will be illegal, simply because not one of us has any right to be in Heaven because of ourselves or anything we have done, but simply because Heaven’s gates are open to every one.  I am thankful that God does not turn anyone away, but offers us grace, mercy and Jesus.  He gave us Jesus who has built a bridge for each of us to get legal status to Heaven as we flee persecution here on Earth and seek the hope of eternal life. As we reflect on that, we need to learn to manage our resources better  as well as offer the same grace, mercy and legal status to people who are with us today, who are seeking a better life and have come to the US to find it. Be warned, if you don’t like illegal immigrants here on Earth, then Heaven is not the place for you. Heaven will be full of illegal immigrants – so, you had better start planning now, for another eternal home.