On the immigration issue, many Christians are rightly fond of quoting the scriptural passages that urge us to be compassionate and kind to aliens. And so we should open our hearts and arms to those who come into this country legally, through the front door. If they follow the law, play by the rules, wait their turn, and enter only after they have been invited, they should be welcome here.

But what these same Christians fail to do is take note of what God said was to happen to immigrants after they arrived in their host country. It is clear that his standard was assimilation, and that assimilation was not just cultural but spiritual as well.

Sojourners were welcome in ancient Israel on one condition: that they left behind the gods of their homelands and entered into Israel’s covenant with God. They were welcome as long as they did not have the effrontery to bring their counterfeit religious practices into their host nation and insist that their host nation accommodate their religious preferences rather than the other way round.

The enormous benefit of this standard of immigration is that it preserves a nation’s cultural unity. It prevents the societal Balkanization we see in every country, including the United States, which indiscriminately admits aliens regardless of the cultural and moral values they insist on bringing with them. That is a guaranteed recipe for cultural strain, enmity, and ultimate fracture.
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