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Are Sanctuary Cities Biblical?


For the last several days, one of the key stories dominating headlines focuses on the senseless murder of Kathryn Steinle.  Francisco Sanchez, a five time deported alien with seven felonies under his belt, shot her in cold blood on a San Francisco pier.  The young woman, with a life full of potential, perished because the “City by the Bay” harbored this known felon, protecting him from deportation because of the city’s “sanctuary” status.

Across America, illegals can find refuge in over 300 different counties and cities, but the recent murder of Ms. Steinle has precipitated the debate over whether such sanctuaries should actually exist or if they’re even legal.  Pundits expect this most recent crime and the existence of illegal havens to be a political hot potato going into the 2016 election cycle.  Ideologies range from Donald Trump’s

“send all the illegals packing”

to Fox News Contributor Jehmu Greene’s characterization of illegals as

“undocumented Americans.”

Some armchair theologians argue “sanctuary cities” are fine because the Bible says so.

That’s where the line must be drawn.

People who believe sanctuary cities are biblical, confuse sanctuary cities with “cities of refuge” as described in the Old Testament book of Numbers.  Numbers 35:11-34 teaches that a city of refuge was a place a person could flee to if he was responsible for the death of another individual.  GotQuestions.org shares the following about the cities of refuge:

The Mosaic Law stated that anyone who committed a murder was to be put to death (Exodus 21:14). But for unintentional deaths, God set aside these cities to which the murderer could flee for refuge (Exodus 21:13). He would be safe from the avenger—the family member charged with avenging the victim’s death (Numbers 35:19)—until the case could go to trial. The congregation would judge to find if the attacker acted unintentionally. If he did, he would return to the city of refuge and live there safely until the death of the high priest who was in office at the time of the trial, at which point he could return to his property. If the attacker left the city of refuge before the death of the high priest, however, the avenger would have the right to kill him (Numbers 35:24-28).

In other words, the city of refuge was a place for the accused to await trial and find safe harbor from vigilante justice.  Sanctuary cities?  Not so much.

Sanctuary cities shelter known alien lawbreakers from prosecution and deportation efforts by the Federal Government.  These efforts to shield illegals ignore the Federal immigration laws.  Republican Representative Duncan Hunter from California will again introduce legislation targeting sanctuary cities.  His bill amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to restrict funding to any locale ignoring federal immigration policies.   In other words, authorities serving in sanctuary cities would be once again authorized and instructed to question the

“citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.”

Of course this outrages the far left , those who are unapologetically politically correct, and those who fear “targeting” of minorities.

This tragic murder exposed the very real problem of Sanctuary Cities harboring convicted felons with non-citizen status.  Even Democrats once on record for supporting such cities are backpedaling….and fast.
Oh…and those pointing out Scripture to support asylum for illegal aliens?  Well, that’s just laughable…

 

What “God,” Debbie Wasserman Schultz?


During the 2012 Democratic National Convention, platform collaborators intentionally omitted any mention of God and words supporting Israel.  Voices of outrage called for an amendment to add these references to the DNC’s stated tenets.  The DNC Chair walked onto the stage, explained the amendment, and called for a vote.  Loud boos echoed across the spacious vista, derisive jeers signaling God and Israel should be left out of the party plank.  The Chair, obviously under pressure to the pass the amendment, called for a vote three times.  Finally, he said,

“It passes.”

And then he whirled and strode off the stage.  More boos thundered around the auditorium.

Yes, the DNC booed God.  I thought,

“It can’t get any worse than this.”

I was wrong.

After the Kermit Gosnell trial, the abortion debate raged with greater fury in various state legislatures.  One particular state capturing much of the news was Texas.  Lawmakers there presented legislation banning abortion at the 20 week mark of pregnancy.  Enough research exists to prove babies in the womb suffer feelings of pain from this point on.  Both sides of the argument lined up at the Capitol Building, each side waving signs to express their personal ideologies.  Those to the Left claim Conservatives wage the real war on women, hindering them from healthcare services, while the Right insists the real war on women (and men) commences when a little girl (or boy) is ripped barbarically from the womb.  The debate and shouts intensified as lawmakers ended the public arguments and called for a vote.  While waiting on the tallied results, pro-life advocates stood on the Capitol steps singing “Amazing Grace.”  Pro-abortion proponents screamed at the make shift choir, even chanting “Hail Satan” to drown out the song of praise.

Unbelievable.

Because we live in America, the right to honor Satan exists, but to pay tribute to the Prince of Darkness over the innocence of unborn life in the womb is sickening.

Just a few days ago, DNC Chair Woman Debbie Wasserman Schultz appeared on Fox’s “The Kelly File.”  Megyn Kelly asked, ‘At what point does the fetus deserve protection or have constitutional rights?’  Schultz responded in this manner,

“We believe that decision is best left not to government but between a woman and her doctor. So, there isn’t — I can’t tell you a specific date and time past which we on all –in all cases are certain that that choice shouldn’t be made. Because that decision is very unique and individual to the woman, and should be in consultation with her conscience and her God and her doctor, that is a decision left to her.”

Obviously, Schultz is not referencing the God of the Bible but to “gods” dreamed up by fallen humanity to assuage their guilty consciences and to endorse their barbaric practices.

In reality, abortion mirrors in part, idol worship discussed in the Old Testament. Cultures outside of Israel sacrificed to a false god named Molech.  In Leviticus 18:21, the Law instructs,

“Do not permit any of your children to be offered as a sacrifice to Molech, for you must not bring shame on the name of your God.  I am the Lord.” (NLT)

Pagan cultures worshipped Molech, sacrificing their children to him.  But since Molech only existed in their deceived and deluded imaginations, the god of this world received glory in these sacrificial rituals.  In other words,

“Hail Satan.”

Today, abortion advocates scoff at the idea of Molech, considering the ancient worship rituals as savage and inhumane.  Instead, pro-choice voters bow at the altar of organizations like Planned Parenthood, pouring money into the coffers of doctors willing to surgically removed an unplanned burden.  In a spiritual sense, every knife’s slash chants

“Hail Satan.”

There’s good news.  One day the chant “Hail Satan” will cease.  In fact, one day Jesus will order,

“To Hell, Satan.”

Forevermore he’ll dwell in the Lake of Fire, free to champion death no more.  What a glorious day!

Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

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