Biblical dating principle
He contributed a chapter related to this topic to Carol M.
Swain’s Debating Immigration, and his speech at Malone College’s Worldview Forum was published in Vital Speeches of the Day.
Christianity teaches that God, His word, and His precepts are unchanging, but believers may struggle to find the most appropriate guidance from Scripture for handling a very specific public policy issue for their day and age in their nation.
This conundrum of finding and applying the right, timeless principles to a modern policy issue in a specific nation challenges both the laity and clerics.
On other issues, there is less clarity and more room for prudential judgment.
The rub comes where there is a lack of scriptural clarity on a particular issue, significant differences between the particular society of Old Testament Israel and the United States, or some other factor.
This Backgrounder examines the immigration issue from the perspective of biblical Christianity.
Both policy makers and private citizens who are Christians may wish to consider how Scripture might inform their views on immigration. The faith principles of many Americans inform their politics and public policy.
Today, the vast majority (about four fifths) of Americans belong to the Christian religion.Scripture clearly indicates that God charges civil authorities with preserving order, protecting citizens, and punishing wrongdoers.A prime passage is Romans 13:1-7: Let every person be subject to the governing authorities.A Southern Baptist official has sided with amnesty proponents as pragmatism, and the National Association of Evangelicals plans to weigh in, likely on the pro “comprehensive immigration reform” side.Yet such self-described “compassion” among religious elites differs from the perspective of most rank-and-file Christians.