The Southern Baptists are now officially on the amnesty bandwagon. Here's what happened:
The nation’s largest Protestant denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention approved a resolution backing a path to legal status for illegal immigrants at its annual meeting in Phoenix.
The resolution calls on the government to make border security a priority and to hold businesses accountable for their hiring. It also asks government officials to support “a just and compassionate path to legal status, with appropriate restitutionary measures, for those undocumented immigrants already living in our country.” The vision for a path toward legal status mirrors what President Barack Obama has offered as he’s urged support for immigration reform.
"A Just and Compassionate Path to Legal Status" is another way of saying amnesty.
Of course the article quotes a Baptist minister with a Spanish surname:
“I think Southern Baptists understand it’s just not politically viable to send an estimated 12 to 15 million undocumented immigrants back where they came from,” said the Rev. Paul Jimenez, chairman of the SBC’s resolutions committee, told The Associated Press. “It’s not humane either.”
And they have the gall to say it's not amnesty:
While the resolution stipulates it’s “not to be construed as support for amnesty for any undocumented immigrant,” the move comes as a handful of southern states prepare to implement laws aimed at cracking down on illegal immigrants.
Once again, “a just and compassionate path to legal status" is code for amnesty.
"... the SBC’s resolution suggests that some state laws may not fit with Christian ideals. “[A]ny form of nativism, mistreatment, or exploitation is inconsistent with the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” the resolution says.[Southern Baptists back 'path to legal status' for undocumented immigrants, Jennifer Epstein, Politico.com, June 17th, 2011]
So are they saying that enforcing immigration law is "mistreatment, or exploitation"?
As for "nativism", what do they mean by that? Do they mean that that Americans cannot be loyal to the historical American nation and must allow it to be overrun by another nation?
The Southern Baptists who approved this measure are confused. I invite all our Southern Baptist readers to make some noise and educate their confused leadership.
You might also direct them to Acts 17:26, which states that God "made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands."
Boundaries, eh? Those would be borders, right?