Illegal immigration is a hot button item all across America. With millions of illegals already in the country and with millions more trying to get in-and of course with a Presidential election looming-it's a subject that is going to be debated more and more over the months to come.
Have you ever wondered why the Roman Catholic Church has taken such an interest in protecting illegal immigrants? For years, her priests and bishops have encouraged illegal immigration, have sheltered illegals and have fought to have them receive all the rights, privileges and protections of American citizens. Recently I listened to a bishop interviewed on National Public Radio and he vehemently defended the "right" of illegals, arguing that human rights-for example, the right to live and to work, to have health care and welfare-were the gift of God and not of any government. Of course, what he didn't say was that there is no divine mandate that everybody and anybody has a God-given right to live and work in America! The bishop hastily went on to say that of course he was not advocating that America do away with its borders! Sure he wasn't! He just wants it to do away with its southern border!
Now, it is not my purpose to debate the issue of immigration, legal or illegal. That's a political issue and this is not a political commentary. My interest is in just why the Roman Catholic Church is so involved in the issue and has openly challenged every government initiative to deal with the problem of illegal immigration. The politically correct answer is that Rome cares for the poor and downtrodden. The real answer is that Rome is dependent on Hispanic immigration for its survival as the major religious power in the United States.
Since 1960, over 70% of new additions to the Roman Catholic Church in the U.S. have been Hispanics. At the moment, Hispanics make up 40% of the total membership of the Roman Catholic Church in America has about 65 million members. That means that it has 26 million Hispanic members. And that number increases almost every time another illegal immigrant enters the country.
When you think that apart from the Hispanic growth in its membership, the Roman Catholic Church would be showing the same decline as other denominations, you can see why it is so vociferous about allowing illegal immigration to continue and for illegals to be granted permanent status. In other words, Rome's stand on immigration is neither because of Christian charity nor humanitarian interest. It is purely a self-centered policy of maintaining its prominence and power.Do not misunderstand me on this subject. I condemn Roman Catholic hypocrisy but I believe that Bible believing Christians should not allow political considerations to stand in the way of evangelizing the lost. Hispanics, like all the rest of us, need Christ and we should do what we can to get the gospel to them. Never think that you should stop to find out a man's immigrant status before giving him the gospel. Rome shows nothing but self love in dealing with immigrants. Let us, as Bible believers, show the love of Christ by seeking to reach them with the gospel.