The third most powerful person in American government has told clergy what to instruct their parishioners to believe, and not a single member of the ACLU, mainstream media, or Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) have made a peep. The incident was briefly mentioned on O’Reilly and NewsReal but little coverage is found elsewhere.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi publicly shared some comments she made to Catholic leaders on May 6th. Her comments are shocking.
I would hope there is one thing we can do … that speaks to what the Bible tells us about the dignity and worth of every person. And that is on the subject of immigration…The church is going to have to play a major role … I said (to Catholic clergy) I want you to speak about it from the pulpit. I want you to instruct your, whatever the communication is — the people, some of them, oppose immigration reform are sitting in those pews and you have to tell them that this is a ‘manifestation of our living the gospels. Our patron saint of San Francisco, St. Francis of Assisi, he said, ‘preach the gospel –sometimes use words.’ We need the words to be said because it isn’t being picked up just automatically.
There are multiple problems with that statement from Pelosi. I will focus on three of them.
First of all, there is the whole issue of progressives supposedly wanting separation of church and state. NewsReal’s Joe Klein covered this in “The Gospel According to Pelosi.”
Whatever happened to that wall between Church and State that liberals love to trot out whenever it suits them – for example, on issues such as abortion? I don’t recall anything from the Republican side of the aisle as brazen as the Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives telling the clergy what they ought to say from the pulpit in support of one of her pet public policy initiatives!
That’s a great question. Pelosi actually has a 100 percent ranking with AU for upholding separation of church and state. By telling clergy what to preach that percentage should immediately be dropped to zero. But don’t hold your breath. How can a woman who claims the Church must remain silent on abortion declare that the Church should scream about amnesty?
The abortion issue leads to my second problem with Pelosi’s remarks. The only biblical reasoning she gives for amnesty is based on the scriptures speaking about “the dignity and worth of every person.” How ironic that she chose to use the very words that pro-lifers use to speak out against abortion. Babies should be protected, because their lives have dignity and worth. Yet Pelosi has consistently told church leaders to butt out on speaking against abortion.
My last problem with Pelosi’s argument is that her main theological point is wrong. No where does the Bible say that amnesty is part of living out the gospel. First of all, the New Testament never mentions immigrants except to say that Christians’ real home is heaven, not earth. No where in the gospels or anywhere else in the New Testament does Jesus or any apostle mention immigrants or what a government should do with them. I am assuming the Religious Left might mention when Jesus said to welcome a stranger is to welcome Christ Himself. That might be a slight stretch to say welcoming a stranger in your home means that our government should have no restrictions or rules for immigration.
The Old Testament does speak about immigrants which it called “aliens.” However, I know of no liberal who is a fan of the Old Testament. They call it archaic and a book of myths. But even if you wanted to use those passages to support love for aliens, the scriptures never talk about illegal aliens or what government should do about them. In fact, the OT mainly argues for Israel to not oppress aliens by putting them into slavery. As most intelligent people grasp, illegal immigrants are the ones being oppressed through slave like labor. The solution is to make sure there is more security and enforcement against that, not simply to ignore or legitimize the problem.
Finally the New Testament does speak about the role of government, but it has nothing to do with amnesty or open borders for illegal immigration.
2 Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. 4 For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Romans 13:2-4
Government’s role, according to the Bible, is to make laws that protect its citizens. It is as simple as that. Guard us from lawbreakers so we can live freely. Step down from the pulpit Pelosi, and step up to your real job.