Bryan Fischer makes one of the dumber arguments he’s ever made (yes, imagine the competition for that designation) in a column for BarbWire in which he says that the reason we must turn back those children coming to our border is because God put the border there, as he does all borders, and we must respect it.
What we learn from the Bible is that borders are God’s idea, and that such borders are to be respected. They are not to be crossed without permission.
Crossing a border without permission is like breaking in the back door of a house to help yourself to goodies instead of being invited in by the host through the front door. You might get to eat either way, in the same house and from the same cupboard, but in one case you would be doing something respectful and civil and in the other doing something that rightly should land you in jail.
The Scriptures make it clear that national sovereignty, including clearly defined borders, is God’s idea. In Acts 17:26, we read, “And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place…”
Two things, we are told, are under God’s sovereign control: how long a nation lasts, and where its borders are. The verb translated “having determined” is the Greek verb “horizo,” from which we get the word “horizon.” It means “to mark out, to define.” So God has marked out and defined the borders of each country.
Our southern border is there by God’s design. To disregard it, to treat it as if were not there, to regard it as something not worth respecting and defending, is an insult to the God who put it there for our benefit.
Okay, so when thousands of American immigrants flooded what was first part of Mexico and then an independent Republic of Texas in the 1820s and 1830s, leading eventually to it becoming the 28th state, was that also a violation of the God-designed boundaries? Or was that God acting to make the boundaries where it was? And how can we tell? Borders are redrawn all the time by wars and secession all the time, so how do we know when we’re violating the boundaries that God designated and when we’re doing God’s will by creating the new boundaries? I’d love to hear Fischer try to answer that question. It would be hilarious.
And of course, this would also make all invasions a violation of God’s will, including the Korean, Vietnam and both Gulf wars, right Bryan? But no, he supported the Iraq war, only later deciding that it was a waste of time because we didn’t forcibly convert everyone there to Christianity. So apparently those God-designed boundaries that we must never violate lest we offend the Almighty only applies when he thinks it applies. How utterly unsurprising.