Glenn Beck took heat for announcing he was going to minister to illegal immigrants, and a lot of anti-illegal immigration activists were made foolish by their reactions. They let their anger at the government’s failures overflow onto the people whom the government is failing.
It is possible to separate the politics from the personal and serve your fellow man. In fact, it’s necessary if you take the Lord’s command to serve others seriously. The whole spectrum of life does not fold into the narrow band of politics. The torment of radical consciousness is best borne by totalitarians.
When I went on a mission trip to Honduras, no one told me I should have invested my resources and time on needy Americans instead. No one called me less patriotic. When a vagrant enters a soup line, do the volunteer servers question his immigration status? Of course not. The first principle of ministry is that everyone needs to be ministered to.
Because of government’s inability to govern, illegal immigrants are here. That doesn’t mean illegal immigrants should stay. It means we need an able government.
The fact that the government won’t deport illegal immigrants doesn’t deprive the latter of compassion. Beck’s action focused attention on that, and it may be his finest moment as a commentator. (I say this as someone who hasn’t listened to Beck in years.)
Designating 50,000 illegal immigrant children and counting, whose parents are God knows where, for resettlement in a foreign country is not compassion. It’s child abuse. En masse foster guardianship will leave them worse off, and the shock of so many hurting people to the civil society will be difficult to absorb, considering its own instability.