While many are outraged about Trump’s immigration ban, Sean Hannity is outraged, as well. Not by the immigration laws, however, but by what he describes as radical Leftists “coming unhinged over Trump’s executive order, mischaracterizing it in order to paint the president as an extremist, or bigot.” The reporter further provides the motive of resistance, “What it comes down to is very simple: Democrats, overpaid celebrities and the mainstream media are willing to endanger our lives to score cheap political points.”
Pointing out the fact that this is only a temporary ban not specifically directed to Muslims—a reality which #muslimban tweeters conveniently fail to mention—Sean depicts Trump’s recent executive order in a much different light: that is, as a safety precaution against terrorist-infiltration. He additionally notes that the mainstream media is responsible for demonizing actions which many Democrat leaders, including former President Barack Obama and even Hillary, once admitted necessary.
Meanwhile in the Christian realm, believers are divided over the obligation and political implications of love. Shouldn’t Christians accept with open arms the stranger in their midst? Others respond that Christians have a duty to steward the resources given them in protection of one’s own people. While the initial argument appears from first glance to be the most self-sacrificing and Christ-like, this author owns the latter view for a few different—and may I say, unashamedly—fairly good, common-sense reasons.
First of all, this is merely a temporary ban. It is not an order directed at any one class of people, but one which takes grave consideration in hand. More than Muslims and even more than foreign relations, the core of the issue here seems almost entirely extinct to today’s American mind: common defense.
Donald Trump has contextually never actually refused immigration of any kind unless it happens to also be illegal. Indeed, the president treats citizenship—as does his wife and fellow immigrant—as he treats all law, and that is, simply, it must be lawful. And isn’t this, after all, the predominant duty of the executive chief who is Constitutionally bound to uphold the laws of his nation? Following in the footsteps of the founding fathers and even Patriarch George Washington’s wisdom, Trump is determined to make national security his priority. Our own founding document provides focus as follows:
To establish: “…Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” Note that the emphases require a nationalistic perception. James Madison even goes so far as to call it the “cardinal duty of every citizen.”
Despite Britain’s petition containing 1 million signatures to refuse a Trump-visit as well as former President Obama’s warning that “American values are at stake,” Trump remains unmoved. And rightly so. And shame on citizens who have neglected their “cardinal duty” of not only failing to support our president’s efforts at being lawful, but also for failing to apply a lawful attitude ourselves. Indeed, if any Scripture passage is to be utilized in upholding any action here, a review of Romans 13, I believe, is in order:
“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended.” Romans 13:1-3