Is Immigration a Biblical Issue?

First of all, this is not an endorsement or condemnation of Donald Trump or the U.S. government’s immigration policies in general.  This article is simply addressing biblical interpretation errors and other fallacies in a Washington Post article written by a Yale Divinity School professor which takes issue with Franklin Graham’s insistence that immigration is not a Bible issue.  Here is the article:
 
 
This is not the first article I have read this week on this subject.  All of them have a common theme: Christians should let anyone immigrate to the United States because of how “strangers” are treated in the Bible.  Here’s my take:

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Charles Caldwell Ryrie Goes Home

Today a giant of the faith and a humble servant of the Lord went home.  Charles Ryrie was a gifted theologian, teacher, and writer.  His ministry shaped the lives of many—both those who came in direct contact with him and those, like me, who were impacted by his books.

The Ryrie Study Bible taught a generation how to read and understand the Scriptures.  Dispensationalism Today (later republished as just Dispensationalism) helped many comprehend a vital, yet sometimes difficult topic.  So Great Salvation revealed the simple truth that Jesus saves and broadened that theme to help our understanding of what we have in Christ.  Dr. Ryrie authored more than 50 books which uphold the authority of the Bible, teach Its truths, and honor Christ.  They will be influential for generations to come.

In seminary, I was taught by one of Dr. Ryrie’s students.  He told me that when he was a struggling student at Dallas Theological Seminary and needed a place to live, Dr. Ryrie welcomed him into his home and gave him a room to use.  He spoke highly of Dr. Ryrie as a teacher, a mentor, and a brother in Christ.  He will be missed, but Dr. Ryrie lives today with the One he devoted his life to.

Food in Eden

Eating in the Garden of Eden was meatless as is explained in the verses below.

Genesis 1:29-30  And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.  30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

In Eden, food came from plants.  This was true for the land animals too.  Some may scoff that some animals cannot survive without meat.  That may be true in our fallen world, but not in Eden.  Even in a fallen state, some animals which normally eat meat sometimes choose not to.  (See No Taste for Meat and Unexpectedly Vegetarian Animals – What Does It Mean?)  The prohibition against eating meat ended after the Flood of Noah.  (Genesis 9:3)  So there is no biblical reason to practice vegetarianism in our current dispensation.

American College of Pediatricians Position on Gay Marriage

The American College of Pediatricians published a page on their website entitled Same-Sex Marriage: Not Best for Children (see link below) where they provide medical and scientific reasons why gay marriage is harmful to children.  Great information from medical practitioners.
Proverbs 11:14  Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.

Marriage Equality Debate Heats Up

Here is an atheist doing exactly what he’s accusing Christians of doing—promoting misinformation, using bad logic, and ignoring basic facts.  http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/06/15/christian-pundit-desperately-tries-to-equate-same-sex-marriage-to-polygamy-child-brides-video/  Here’s one example, he faults Cal Thomas for pointing out what I think is obvious—that changing the law regarding marriage can lead to a whole bunch of other “non-traditional” marriage rights being fought for (polygamy, adult-child marriage, etc.).  But he simply states that there are laws against polygamy and adult-child marriage and considers the debate closed.  However, he ignores the fact that there are laws in many states prohibiting homosexual marriage!  If those laws can be overturned, so can the ones governing polygamy and adult-child marriage!

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