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Immigrants to America Should Show Some Respect

Written by Brad Caldwell on 9/5/15.

Thus says the Lord God:
“Behold, I will lift up my hand to the nations,
    and raise my signal to the peoples;
and they shall bring your sons in their arms,
    and your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders.
23 Kings shall be your foster fathers,
    and their queens your nursing mothers.
With their faces to the ground they shall bow down to you,
    and lick the dust of your feet.
Then you will know that I am the Lord;
    those who wait for me shall not be put to shame.” – Isaiah 49:22-23, ESV

In this passage of the Bible, it speaks of how Gentiles (non-Jews) would show so much respect for the people of God, that they would help carry Jews back to their land, and would “lick” the dust of their feet, because they had so much honor towards a people chosen by God.

Gospel Sign
Gospel Sign

A troubling poll I saw showed that, out of a poll of 600 Muslim-Americans who planned to vote in the elections, 43% did not believe peoples of other faiths (including Christian) should have the right to witness to them! The Wenzel Strategies poll (as far as I can tell, it appears to be accurate) asked specifically whether “…U.S. citizens have a right to evangelize Muslims to consider other faiths.” Nearly half don’t believe we have a right to even share our faith with them? Well, quite frankly, don’t come here if you can’t show a little more respect than that! If you found America to be a desirous place to come to, it’s the height of disrespect to try to tell us we don’t have the right to follow the very laws that made our country great.

Our nation is far from perfect, but if it was great enough to attract you, if you think God has somewhat blessed the land, then it’s insane to do anything other than what this passage from Isaiah 49:22-23 teaches by principle, which is to show great respect towards those people, and towards their faith.

Bible Study
Bible Study

I understand that there is a lot of religious pressure on you, to go along with Islam. It may be that your whole family, most of your peers, etc., follow it. But at some point, you have to choose whether you want to be a person of integrity, and it simply is pathetic to come to America, and answer a private poll that you’d like to see Americans imprisoned simply for bothering your time slightly to peacefully share their religion with you. Nonsense like this can’t be permitted. America is quite generous towards all religions, but we expect just a tiny bit of generosity in exchange. Don’t act like it’s a such a bother to you for someone to share their faith with you that you want them imprisoned. And if the only way you can do that and be consistent is to leave Islam, then you need to leave Islam. If your religion teaches such utter lack of integrity that you are required to act like a jerk towards the very country you came to enjoy, then that religion is devilish and you need to make your exit. Or, prove me wrong, and show me that Islam can show some respect. Either way is fine, as long as you understand that 0% should answer a poll the way that 43% just did. This isn’t about religion – it’s about common decency, respect, and sanity.

A Gospel Sign on a Tree
A Gospel Sign on a Tree

Additionally, Mexican immigrants to America should show some respect for the country. If I was going to a country that I admired, I would want to learn that language, and I would show respect towards the people of that country. For that matter, I’ve even tried to learn some Spanish just to try to be friendly to those coming here! Disdainful arrogance, and utter lack of interest in the country, is simply not right. Not all Mexican immigrants are like that, certainly, but it’s becoming all-too-more-the-common.

I’m not asking immigrants to lick the dust off of our feet, but with some of the attitudes that have been expressed by some, it might not be a bad change of events if they willingly chose to do so!