Skip to comments.Theology and Border Walls
Posted on 03/12/2019 3:48:14 PM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege
Perhaps American Christians cannot think clearly about homeland security, borders, and immigration for the same reason Americans cannot think clearly about anything else. As Christians we have rich, intellectually credible traditions and frameworks for ethical reflection at our fingertips, and yet, as Americans, we suffer from a historical amnesia.
What we need is a historically-attuned theological framework that can lay the foundation for our debates and political deliberations. Without one, we risk acting in ways that contradict the Gospel that we profess. To jump, as we tend to, from Plato and Aristotle to Locke and Hobbes is to ignore crucial periods in which the Christian tradition of moral philosophy developed...
Using the logic of the just war tradition, I want to make a specifically Christian case for securing our borders: constrained by the bounds of just war thinking, securing our borders can be an instance of Christian enemy love. To make this argument, I will proceed by summarizing the Christian core of the just war tradition, apply its principles to our border security debates, draw out several policy implications for Christians to mull over, and conclude with some further reflections on thinking with tradition, particularly the just war tradition...
(Excerpt) Read more at providencemag.com ...
I figure it’s not very Christian to leave 350 million to the fates of infections diseases they may no longer be able to fight off or never encountered.
It’s the Christian thing to do to look out for almost half a billion people.
For a Christian to think that walls are wrong only means two things: He has never read a page of the Old Testament, or the New Testament, or he is stupid.
I bet that same Christian carries around a large set of keys and has bought Norton for his computer.
“Moreover Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the corner gate, and at the valley gate, and at the turning of the wall, and fortified them.”
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1Truly, truly, I tell you, whoever does not enter the sheepfold by the gate, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber.”
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