The 75-member board of directors of the National Association of Evangelicals unanimously sent word to the U.S. Senate that it believes the Gospel "requires" Christians and the U.S. government to forgive the 12-20 million illegal foreign workers and dependents in this country and to give them U.S. citizenship.
Please be respectful and thoughtful in your comments to the NAE. I
would suggest that only evangelical Christians make the contacts.
NATIONAL EVANGELICALS PRESIDENT SAYS PRO-AMNESTY SUPPORT WAS UNANIMOUS
Rev. Leith Anderson, president of the NAE, was invited by Sen. Shumer
(D-N.Y.) to testify in favor of the Senate immigration chairman's push
to create amnesty legislation this fall.
Sen. Shumer asked Rev. Anderson if many of his colleagues agree with
his support for legalizing 12-20 million illegal aliens and increasing
the legal immigration far higher than the 1 million a year current
level (the two key components of "comprehensive immigration reform").
Rev. Anderson answered that there was no dissent in adopting the
pro-amnesty resolution on the 75-member NAE board of directors.
SOME OF THE DENOMINATIONS & ORGANIZATIONS BEHIND THE AMNESTY PUSH
Rev. Anderson described the NAE as:
. . . a network of 40 denominations comprising more than
45,000 local churches located in every congressional district and every
state. The NAE membership also includes evangelical universities,
seminaries, ministries, local congregations, and individuals.
If you have a connection with any of
these denominations, you may want to contact them and ask if they
really want to side with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National
Council of La Raza in flooding the country with millions more legal
foreign workers while 15 million Americans are looking for a job but
can't find one.
There is a good chance that even the leaders in your national church
agencies are not really aware that their representative voted for a
massive amnesty and increase in foreign worker importation.
EVANGELICAL OFFICIALS REFUSED TO EVEN HEAR MORAL ARGUMENTS FOR REDUCED IMMIGRATION
I would note that NumbersUSA and others have made requests to NAE for
several years to present our moral arguments for less overall
immigration to protect the stewardship of the nation's natural
resources and to protect the nation's most vulnerable citizens. The
NAE has resolutely refused to hear any voice but pro-amnesty voices, as
far as we have been able to tell.
When you read Rev. Anderson's prepared testimony, you find much that is thoughtful, including:
Evangelicals do not condone law breaking. . . .
Evangelicals believe that government is a gift of God for the common
good. Borders are necessary for public order. We support intelligent
enforcement of our nation's immigration laws as long as the enforcement
measures are consistent with respect for human dignity, family values
and sanctity of human life.
-- Evangelicals President
But then Rev. Anderson told Sen. Shumer that the Gospel requires that
Christians be willing to forgive illegal aliens for breaking
immigration laws which means that:
We believe that undocumented immigrants who have otherwise
been law abiding members of our communities should be offered the
opportunity to pay any taxes or penalties owed, and over time earn the
right to become U.S. citizens and permanent residents. The process of
redemption and restitution is core to Christian beliefs, as we were all
once lost and redeemed through love of Jesus Christ.
-- Evangelicals President
Furthermore, the 75 national evangelical leaders agreed that
immigration laws that have allowed legal immigration to soar from a
traditional average of 250,000 a year to more than 1,000,000 a year are
too strict and must be changed to allow many more foreign workers to
The staff at NumbersUSA are members of the Evangelical, Catholic,
Jewish, Mainline Protestant, Liberal Protestant and no religious faith.
We all believe in ethical systems that say it is wrong to
run an immigration policy that hammers down the weakest, poorest and
unemployed members of our society while making it impossible to achieve
environmental sustainability. It grieves our hearts to see evangelical
leaders join national Jewish, Catholic, mainline Protestant and liberal
Protestant leaders who have already fully endorsed amnesty and massive
increases in foreign workers and U.S. population growth.
We have no doubt that all these national religious
leaders have failed in their duties of fact-gathering and thoughtful
analysis. They bring discredit on their religious faiths from their
sloppiness in truth seeking and their lack of intellectual integrity.
We call on all NumbersUSA members of faith to point us to leaders in
their own religious traditions who are open to discussing the full
ethical issues involved in immigration.
The NAE's call for forgiveness seems to ignore the Gospel context of "go and sin no more."
We do not call for a policy that locks up and throws away the key on
foreign citizens who have broken our immigration laws. Most of us are
willing to let most illegal aliens return to their home countries under
no penalty whatsoever.
But the NAE has proclaimed that our forgiveness of illegal aliens
should allow them to keep the very things they broke the law to steal:
U.S. jobs and access to U.S. infrastructure.
How many billions of people in the world would like to line up for that kind of forgiveness?
We have pled with the NAE leaders (as we have with leaders of all other
faith traditions) to talk to them about how mercy shown by governments
can easily create injustice against a society's weakest members. In
general the Judeo-Christian scriptures call on individuals to show
mercy but governments to provide justice.
When the government shows mercy, it allows people to break the rules.
But if breaking the rules harms law-abiding members of society, that
mercy creates an injustice against them.
I am especially devastated by the national evangelical leaders' callous
disregard for the U-6 unemployment rate of nearly 20% -- job-seekers
(active and recently discouraged) who cannot find any job or who have
been forced into involuntary part-time work.
It is incredible to read Rev. Anderson's testimony talking about the
failure in having enough immigration visas to fill the needs of the
U.S. business community!
I am embarrassed for him and his 74 colleagues. I
am sure they do not mean such inhumane treatment of their fellow
Americans. And I am sure they dug themselves into this shameful hole
with the most well-intentioned of shovels.
I suggest that the readers of this blog consider forgiveness toward
these religious leaders while thoughtfully guiding them to see all the
shades and complexities of the immigration issue to which they weren't
exposed by the NAE staff and the open-borders lobby which led them to
this pro-amnesty position.
ROY BECK is Founder & CEO of NumbersUSA. He was honored
with dozens of religion journalism awards during the 1980s for national
and international reporting on the intersection of Protestant churches
and social issues. He is an active member of a Mainline Protestant
congregation and 20-year leader of youth mission teams providing better
housing for poor Americans.
SPECIAL EXCERPTS FROM NUMBERSUSA MEMBER COMMENTS
FROM: Allen0912 of Minnesota
I am a pastor but we are not members of the (NAE) organization. . . .
Please do not broad swipe all of us because there are many, many
pastors out there that do not believe in amnesty for illegals.
FROM: Laurel6425 of Illinois
Pastors are sometimes naive about the world. I think Jesus would
have wanted illegals to stay in their home countries and fight for
justice there instead of "stealing" jobs from other nations. Pastors
never mention the "theft" of jobs, identities, tax money, or services
from U.S. citizens either.
FROM: Kathleen8719 of North Carolina
It is indeed shameful that these supposed 'religious leaders' are
unwilling to even consider the enormous harm that has come to Americans
as a result of illegal immigration. Essentially what they are saying is
that they could care less, and that American citizens don't count. This
means to me that their agenda is purely political and has little or
nothing to do with true biblical teachings. Religion is again being
hijacked for a political cause.
Where is the justice and compassion for the many millions of
Americans who have had their identity stolen and their lives turned
upside down? Apparently, these 'religious leaders' consider such crimes
against real people irrelevant.
Where is the justice and compassion for the many millions of
Americans, especially our young, our minorities, our poor, who cannot
get jobs or have lost their jobs due to competition for low-skilled
jobs by illegal aliens? They have families too. But to them, they are
The testimony given in is this hearing was about advancing a
political agenda. As a pastor's wife, I find it really sad that their
lack of concern for Americans is so obvious.
FROM: Charles3857 of Alabama
These religious groups or NAE do not speak for me. I believe in
being compassionate to the 15 million American citizens and legal
immigrants who are out of work. I believe we need to be compassionate
to all people when applicable.
I do agree that these churches can hear the cash registers ringing,
cha-ching $$ and cha-ching $$, at the thoughts of having all of these
new illegal members with extra American dollars.
FROM: Alan8374 of Arizona
Wow, I can only imagine the financial benefit they wish to maintain
or gain, as being the motivational factor. Is the law of the land no
longer to be obeyed and enforced, just to fill the donation baskets? Is
this what Jesus would have really wanted?
I belong to a bible based church of more than 6 thousand in Arizona
and this behavior is not accepted. We believe the law of the land must
be obeyed and order must be kept, if we wish to continue providing the
world with outstanding contributions generation after generation.
FROM: Grace0715 of Kansas
I am appalled to see my church denomination on the above list! . . .
Surely this action was taken in a hasty and not well-thought-out
manner. Where was the input from members? I had never heard that our
leaders were going to vote on this issue and then, even worse, side
with Senator Schumer in advocating amnesty for the millions who are
taking over our country illegally.
While Grace does mean undeserved love, it does not mean aiding and abetting lawlessness...
It does not mean favoring someone who sneaks in and steals from your
family (or country) over your own family. (John 10:1) This is
It does not mean encouraging a person who is thieving to continue to disregard law and order. (Ephesians 4:28)
It does not mean a sham apology is acceptable so law-breakers can soak law-abiding taxpayers' money against their will.
It does not mean encouraging people of one country to forsake loyaty
to their own country and demand services of another country.
The Apostle Paul wrote: “What shall we say then? Shall we continue
in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not!” (Romans 6:1-2) Grace does
not mean we forget Law or overlook sin. Grace has no context unless we
first understand that law exists to be respected and obeyed. And grace
is no grace that promotes envy and stealing in order to favor those who
are not citizens. Surely such a prejudicial policy was never meant by
our Savior to be mistaken for grace.
Amnesty means, not forgiveness, but shutting our eyes to a great sin
of theft of our nation’s resources. By failing to teach responsible
immigration, amnesty promotes further immorality. By mislabeling
amnesty as Christian duty, religious leaders are foisting upon their
members additional taxes and often suffering through taking their
I pray God will open our leaders' eyes to the damage being done to
millions of our countrymen. I fully believe that much of the reason we
are in such dire economic straits is because we have not listened to
the Proverbs to the wise. Through lax law enforcement of immigration
laws, we have encouraged lawlessness, financially unsound policies, and
lent to those who cannot repay, etc.
Grace is to be dispensed by persons, to persons, not by governments.
Churches can encourage private service but they must not demand that
government do any such inappropriate thing. The duty of government is
to protect its citizens and its borders.