FORGET NONE OF HIS BENEFITS
volume 17, number 5, February 1, 2018
“And He made from one, every nation of mankind to dwell on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitations.” -Acts 17:26
Why Do So Many People Want to Immigrate to the United States?
Since 2000 legal immigrants to the United States number approximately 1 million per year. Legal immigrants to the U.S. are now at their highest level ever, at just under 47 million. This represents 19.1% of the 244 million international migrants worldwide, and 14.4% of the U.S. population.
Why do so many people want to immigrate to the United States? To many political, social, and theological liberals, the U.S. is a racist, bigoted, misogynistic culture. Why would anyone want to come here? But they do, by the millions, each year. Why?
The answer should be so obvious that no one could ever dispute the reason. Why do so many people want to immigrate here? Because we have the best culture in the world. Our Bill of Rights provides and guards the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion. We have the right to protect ourselves and our property by bearing arms. We forbid illegal search and seizure of our property. We demand due process under the law. Our people are guaranteed the right to a speedy and public trial by a jury of their peers, and are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Excessive bail nor cruel or unusual punishments are permissible. No one is ever to be denied his own rights. Individual states have rights and are to exercise them as long as they are not contrary to the United States.
Simply put, our Western culture, which was founded on the Judeo-Christian ethic in the Holy Scriptures, is superior to animistic cultures in Africa or Papua New Guinea, where people sacrifice their children to appease their false gods in ancestor worship. Our culture is better than the Muslim culture which degrades women, allows men to have many wives, to consummate marriages with eleven year old girls, and to engage in Jihad to rid the world of the infidels (Jews, Greeks, and Christians). Our culture is better than the Appalachian culture of drunkenness, opioids, fatherlessness, and an unwillingness to work to earn a paycheck. Ditto our Urban communities.
Granted, our western culture is in decline. Lawlessness, sexual perversion, statism, socialism, homosexuality, business and political corruption, and abortion are obvious to all of us. This observation, rather than weakening my position, actually strengthens it. If we would return to the Bible and our historic foundation of putting God and His Word first, then He may be pleased to once again visit us with revival and the reformation of our once great culture.
But there is huge pushback to this idea that some cultures are superior to others. Why is this the case? We need to understand that a not so subtle shift has been occurring since the French Revolution of the late Eighteenth century. At that time we in the West began to abandon the Bible as our authority and replaced it with man as the source of authority. We call this secular humanism. The theology in secular humanism is atheism. The ethics of humanism, or how people should act, is moral relativism. Its biology is Darwinism. Its psychology is self-actualization (it is all about you, and you can be whatever you wish to be). Its sociology is the non-traditional family (as in homosexual unions, transgenderism, etc.). Its economics is socialism, a mandated redistribution of wealth from those with to those without. And most importantly for our purpose here, its politics is globalism or one world government.
The secular humanist believes in democracy, not just in voting rights, but in everything. All are to be one. National and individual preferences of religion, morality, self-government, and economics must be sacrificed for the common good of all people. The secular humanist believes in evolution, that man is progressing to utopia, and that utopia can be realized on earth through a one world government. Think United Nations at this point. The secular humanist believes that eventually, due to man’s innate intelligence, goodwill, and cooperative skill the world will be a peaceful place. Or as John Lennon put it, “Give peace a chance.”
So nationalism, what we are now seeing in Poland and other Eastern European nations in not allowing Muslim immigrants into their countries, Brexit in England where the people voted to leave the European Union, and the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States all point to a pushback against the globalism or one world government of secular humanists.
Secular humanists hate any talk of one culture being better than another. Anytime a nation like Poland, or Brexit people of England, or Trump supporters who want to build the wall speak out, the secular humanists brand such people as racists or bigots.
But what does the Bible say about nations? In his Areopagus address on Mars Hill in Athens, Paul tells the political movers and shakers of that pagan city, that God is the One who has made the one race of people into many nations, that He is the One who has established the boundaries and habitations of each people group in the world. There is only one race of people, the human race; and God is the One who has established every nation or ethnic group, having placed them where they are, according to His grand design. We see this played out very clearly in the nation of Israel where God gave each of the tribes their own land. God told His people to ban certain people from entering the land of His covenant people. Why? Because their cultures were pagan and thus harmful to His people.
So, God’s design is anything but a one world government. The tribalism in Uganda, as only one example, is because the British arbitrarily drew boundary lines which made the thirty-nine tribes of Uganda into one nation. For centuries, these various tribes lived within their own boundaries. When they were thrust together sparks flew and tribal groups vied for power and dominance.
Independence movements are becoming more pronounced in the world. Many in the Western Cape in Cape Town want to form their own nation separate from the rest of South Africa. If they succeed (very similar to what happened with the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the Balkans in the early 1990’s after the fall of Communism) then very possibly the people of Transkei and Lesotho will wish to do the same. And only recently I read of such a movement in California where farmers and the more rural Californians wish to separate from the costal elites of that state and form New California.
God created people to govern themselves. People of different cultures and religions ought to be free to live as they see fit and not be coerced into reducing their values to the lowest common denominator. Bottom line-love the Kingdom of God first, but there is nothing wrong with loving your own culture and country, especially if it is seeking to honor God and His word.
1. Immigrations to the United States <en.m.wikipedia.org>
2. The Battle for Truth: Defending the Christian Worldview in the Marketplace of Ideas, David Noebel, page 22.