Leading Evangelicals Show that Bible Has Been Misinterpreted
Any true Christian is one that understands what he or she is reading the true unadulterated word of God. Very early in a young Christian’s life, the Apostle Paul tracks young, youthful new Christians to ensure that they are being lead by responsible God-fearing people. Paul uses a very easy to understand formula — the difference between being one who consumes only milk compared to an older individual who is ready with (teeth, manners, and honors cultural customs) graduates from the subtle warm milk just as a baby would then on to the hard food that we as mature adults eat.
Here is an example of what many of us have been careful not to get caught up in. Christians are asked loads of questions — naturally by those who think that Christians have somehow and in someway captured the meaning of the entire Bible. Many people are unaware that the entire Bible was written over thousands of years. Therefore, when you ask a Christian, “What does God mean about…” it wouldn’t be uncommon for a true honest to goodness Christian ask in what reference, moreover, from where did the person get the text they need the answer for.
Most of us would strategize during our moments because we knew how hard it would be, if the evangelical crowd vied to get involved is comprehensive immigration reform. Which they did of course putting out false statements, papers, and identities. Then when big Heritage Foundation got involved with may of the people mentioned below — we’re not always certain what will spew from the mouth of a person receiving money.
This is the time of year when many pro-amnesty advocates in the pulpit and the press misuse the Bible to try to try to advance their cause. This year, churchgoers are fortunate to have access to a much different explanation of scripture, thanks to the emergence of a group called Evangelicals for Biblical Immigration and to a fascinating panel recently sponsored by the Heritage Foundation to inform congressional staffers and the media.
Kelly Monroe Kullberg, who has organized Evangelicals for Biblical Immigration, is a highly respected evangelical leader. She founded the Veritas Forum at Harvard University in the 1990s, which has since grown into a world-wide movement. Her critique of the sloppy handling of Scripture used by some clergy is irenic yet wide-ranging. At the Heritage panel, she said:
God loves us all. God invites us all to be citizens in his kingdom. He places us in families, tribes and nations, and gives us biblical wisdom about shaping a thriving culture. Like gardening, growing a culture requires discernment and vision. But nowhere in Scripture do we see blanket asylum, blanket amnesty, blanket immigration. We see wise welcome to a well-meaning Ruth or Rahab (the sojourner or ‘ger’ in Hebrew is something like a convert and comes lawfully, as blessing), and we also at times find a Nehemiah leading his nation in the building of walls to cultivate the good and to be set apart from the ways of the ‘foreigner’ (the ‘nekhar’ or ‘zar’) who does not respect the laws, customs and values of the country visited — who does not intend to advance cultural flourishing.
Mark Tooley, the president of Washington’s Institute on Religion and Democracy (on whose board I serve), has been warning his fellow evangelical leaders against a one-sided approach on immigration. His remarks at the Heritage panel included this:
Christians also should be cautioned against sweeping ‘comprehensive’ legislative solutions to deep, pervasive political problems. Solutions to most political challenges are more typically incremental. And in our fallen world, reputed solutions, even when implemented relatively effectively, usually create new problems demanding attention. And in this particular debate we should avoid rhetoric that romanticizes immigrants no less than avoiding demonization.
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