Last week, I did an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network describing my visit to a Health and Human Services grantee, Youth for Tomorrow, that does amazing work with unaccompanied immigrant minors. I did the interview to raise awareness amongst CBN’s Christian audience for the heartbreaking crisis of child trafficking at our southern border. As just one example, an unthinkable 85% of children at Youth for Tomorrow are victims of human trafficking.
Sadly, instead of inspiring compassion, the interview became yet another unnecessary partisan distraction.
During the interview I made an off-handed comment that although Jesus was a refugee as a baby, he didn’t break the immigration laws of his time, or else he wouldn’t be sinless or our messiah. Within a few days I was surprised to see my name all over the media as they excoriated a comment made by “Trump’s spiritual advisor.” On CNN’s Anderson 360, a Catholic priest said my comments were “appalling” and “reprehensible” and that he didn’t know what Gospel I was reading.
I don’t mean to impugn anyone’s character, but it certainly seemed like those reporting on the story were less offended by what I said as they were excited to criticize someone associated with the Trump administration. They weren’t just inferring I lacked compassion, they were calling me dumb, and by extension, all evangelicals who support the president.
As a blonde female, and as a pastor, this isn’t the first time someone has called me stupid. Sadly, it comes with the territory. And while the Bible may say turn the other cheek, it does not say allow bullies to treat you like a punching bag. The truth matters too much and, in this instance, the lives of thousands of immigrant children and their families are impacted by what our nation decides to do regarding our immigration policy.
Let’s first deal with whether or not Jesus broke the law.
Do a quick Google search of “did Jesus break the law” and you’ll quickly find opinions like this one, or this, and even noted publications like Lifeway’s Facts and Trends directly responding to my interview. The consensus is clearly no, Jesus did not break the law.
But surely, many say, Jesus broke the law in Matthew 15:1-3 (not washing/cleansing hands before a meal), or in Luke 6:1-4 (picking heads of grain and eating of them on the sabbath), right? No, he did not. As a noted apologist puts it, “Jesus is not breaking the [Old Testament] law; he is violating a ‘tradition of the elders’ – part of the Pharisaic oral law, or code of interpretation, not the actual law.” This is also the case in Matthew 15:11, Luke 11:37-38, John 5:8-11, Mark 2:18-20, and John 8:4-11. In every instance Jesus perfectly upheld every “dot and tittle” of the Law. As Jesus says himself, he did not come to destroy the Jewish Law but to fulfill it.
What about Roman civic law? Jesus was innocent of that too. Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judaea who oversaw the execution of Jesus, says clearly that Jesus was innocent: “You brought me this man as one who was inciting the people to rebellion. I have examined him in your presence and have found no basis for your charges against him.”
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Source: Christian Post