Christian Compassion and Nationalism

From my distinguished friend, Jack Niewold, who reaches into my thoughts, organizes the lot, and produces them in a most admirable fashion. Here’s hoping his hands don’t get caught on any gnarls in the process…

Those of us who oppose illegal immigration are often accused of lacking compassion. It’s as though if you think that laws ought to apply equally to all people you are a bad person. 

The question of human compassion, or in this case Christian charity, and a regard for such issues of national sovereignty and the rule of law, are understood by liberals as being mutually exclusive, or at least open to many exceptions. 

Here, once again, we have the confusion of personal moral beliefs with social and political advocacy. 

As Christians, we have to keep our “spheres” separate or we run into all kinds of contradictions. The personal and the social do interconnect, but one must be able to keep them distinct when necessary.

When this is not done, you have the emergence of such movements as Christian pacifism, where inter-individual religious teachings, especially those in the Sermon on the Mount, are applied to social and international relations. 

The results are: perplexed Christians, on the one hand, and a weakened social fabric, on the other. 

I have a great deal of compassion for a handful of my neighbors, several people in my social life, and certain members of my church and family. Beyond that, compassion becomes diffused and largely theoretical. 

When told that I must have compassion for masses of people I do not know and will never know, I reply that only God could love the world, whereas He has commanded me only to “love one another.” (Emphasis mine.)

Liberals want to love the world, and so commit an act of theological pride, attempting to do what only God can do. They compound this by neglecting the one thing they legitimately can do, which is to love those around them, including their enemies. 

So, yes, I find it quite possible, and consistent, to (1) seek the strengthening of my nation’s social fabric, including the building of a border fence or wall, and to (2) love the individuals, citizens or not, whom God has brought into my life. 

To try to do otherwise is a recipe for a false sense of guilt, dissipation of my Christian witness, and an act of self-righteousness.


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