Wayne Grudem’s Wall
Wayne Grudem has decided to post a “biblical” case for a border wall in an article entitled “Why Building A Wall Is A Morally Good Action”.
First, building a wall is in itself neither either moral or immoral, it’s a building project…a huge, expensive, ecologically disastrous, building project that will not do much to affect illegal immigration, but will be a symbol that speaks to our current political climate.
The wall itself will have multilane superhighways running through it at some of the busiest ports in America through which will come trucks full of dope and undocumented persons, just more of them than today.
Terrorists have the good sense to fly in…
Grudem’s biblical “exegesis” is based on a disputed translation of Hebrew words describing strangers in Israel and the fact that cities in Old Testament times had walls as a primitive form of defense.
What Grudem’s exegesis ignores are the dozens of Scriptures that speak of welcoming and caring for the stranger and any mention of a man named Jesus.
Jesus tends to blow up our politically driven exegesis with these odd notions called “compassion” and “mercy”.
He speaks directly to us about caring for the poor and the oppressed…He doesn’t mention walls.
He demands we see the stranger as our neighbor.
Jesus forces us into choosing which kingdom will take precedence in our thinking and actions…His or the worlds.
You can’t wrap the King in any earthly flag.
I have no doubt the wall will be built, but it will be built for political reasons not biblical ones.
Let’s be honest about that…and wrestle with what a full biblical exegesis might say about our building projects…