The Caravan: Our Journey From Compassion to Political Tricks and Open Borders
A “Caravan” of asylum seeking immigrants are currently making their way to our southern border. Most of these people are from Central American countries where they say poverty and other issues are forcing them to flee northward. Others are coming from other nations, gangs and backgrounds.
The march is not spontaneous. Someone is financing it. It’s occurring right before a crucial mid-term election in the United States.
I don’t remember these scenes when I was a kid. In those days we believed in national borders, compassion for the less fortunate, and fair but hard-fought political battles.
The Democrats have told their candidates to be silent about the matter (but hope for more votes). President Trump has warned that they will not be able to enter the United States. A clear majority of voters agree with the president.
So how did we go from compassion to political tricks and open borders?
It doesn’t take a genius to see that the “caravan” is clearly a political ploy because of the money behind it and the mid-term election timing. It takes hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars, to move masses of people thousands of miles. Secular political groups (George Soros money?) are obviously funding the caravan. Poor people can’t march and feed themselves over thousands of miles.
Then, the timing. Central America countries have been poorer than their northern neighbors for hundreds of years. No wars have sprung up recently. So, the “image” of thousands trying to come to America is clearly a strategy to embarrass the United States government and try to influence the 2018 mid-terms.
It’s easy to smell a political rat (or rot).
Then, there’s the issue of open borders.
OPEN borders? That’s an oxymoron. Have you ever heard of such a ridiculous and destructive idea as a nation not protecting its God-given boundaries (Acts 17:26) for the good of its citizens? The very role of civil government is to exercise justice against law-breaking (like bullying your way through a border).
Clearing away national boundaries is as stupid as a homeowner in a city taking the locks and doors off his house and inviting anyone and everyone to come use the refrigerator, sleep on the beds, and take anything they want.
Open anything is dangerous in a fallen world. Reject any politician who even whispers “open borders” into the wind. It’s really a dog whistle for “One World Government.”
Open borders define one of the cultural war battle fields. Secular/socialist/atheist devotees don’t believe in the fallenness of human beings and their ability to screw things up. Biblical-based folks do. They know that God created governments to protect us from evil–from our uncontrolled selves.
I’m currently reading the number one best-selling book in America, Bill O’Reilly’s latest called Killing the SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History. It contains powerful lessons on how godless people can take control of the levers of government and destroy whole societies through political deception and “openness” nonsense.
I visited the German concentration camp in Dachau in 1974. A sign at the front proclaims, “Never Again.” But that message speaks a lie if we let God-denying forces manipulate public opinion and cause chaos in our nation. We’re not experiencing full-fledged Nazi evil at the moment (with the exception of the abortion holocaust), but it’s right around the corner if political insanity prevails in our day.
And compassion? For over 200 years America stands as the most compassionate and generous nation in history in money given, humanitarian aid disbursed, legal immigrants accepted, asylum seekers embraced, and people serving people–including missions. And we can do more.
We’ve also rightly understand–due to our Judeo-Christian roots–that compassion is not the business of government. It falls in the realm of churches and synagogues, private associations and businesses, and the work of the caring individuals and families. The role of government is to maintain order and justice (Romans 13:1-7)–allowing free and prosperous people to tend to the needs of the hurting and displaced. When those roles are blurred, people are unrestrained and suffer.
Ben Shapiro in the Daily Wire shares some common sense about the “caravan:”
“Just because there are millions of people across the world who would love to enter the United States for purposes of finding work does not mean that the United States has either the resources or the responsibility to open its borders to all comers. As a libertarian on the flow of labor, I have no problem with people coming to the United States to work – but there are obvious economic costs associated with unchecked illegal immigration in a welfare state.”
“Furthermore, the failure of the United States to assimilate new immigrants has increased radically in recent years with the rise of a multicultural ethos on the political Left. To suggest that the United States leave its borders wide open to anyone wanting to enter is to suggest national suicide, as it would be for any nation.”
He also proposes a problem-solving idea:
“And what is the solution to waves of migrants seeking entry to the United States? In the end, regime change in failing countries. That doesn’t mean American military involvement. It means incentivizing and supporting movements in countries like Honduras determined to bring democracy, rule of law, and property rights to bear. So long as failing states continue to maintain power on our southern border, such caravans will continue.”
Gunnar Steele of Freedom Man further explains:
On borders –
“It is illegal to cross the American border without a visa. Everybody knows that. The President of our country has demanded that you not come and has promised to not let you in. Our neighbor to the south has demanded that you stop and has tried to stop you at their own border. Chaos, mayhem, and personal destruction are guaranteed to you and your family—and yet you still come? Why should I feel sorry for you?”
“If we let these people in, then what is the point of having a border? What is the point of having a nation? Where is the concept of national sovereignty? Why not just let anyone and everyone in for any reason whatsoever? And you better expect that the rest of the world is coming if these caravaners get in.”
On compassion –
“As a Christian, I believe it is my personal duty in the private sector to help others whenever possible. Especially the poor. But my personal duty to God is not the same as a poor person’s ‘right’ to my pocketbook, nor is it an open door to eliminate the security of my nation.”
“If you want to help these people, then YOU go down there and help them out. But don’t tell the world, that just anybody can invade your country, take your money, and permit their own family to be destroyed, just because you feel sorry for the fact that they are poor.”
“There are poor people in Africa, too. And the entire Soviet Bloc. And southeast Asia. In fact, over half of the world, more than 3 billion people are poor (they live off of the equivalent of less than $2.50 per day). That is poorer than Honduras. And 80% of the entire world is poor—living on less than $300 per month. And most of them all live in oppressive countries with oppressive leaders. It is a sad situation, no doubt. So should we just let them all move into the US tomorrow and give them access to our public treasury?”
“I’ve got a better idea…lets send missionaries into their countries, and teach them the entirety of the Bible. And instead of confining freedom to our land, lets send it out to the rest of the world.”
Great ideas that point the right direction.
Don’t believe the political tricks about removing borders and redefining compassion.
Strong borders, wise and generous immigration laws, increased personal compassion, biblical truth, and a global explosion of Christ-centered missions are the real answers to the “caravans” we face in our fallen but redeemable world.
Dear Ron Boehme,
On Thursday, October 25th as we continued Praying for the 50 States of America and the 54 Countries of Africa, at Peninsula Baptist Church, Gig Harbor in Pacific North West State of Washington, something very prophetic sounded in my mind regarding the State of Arkansas (The 25th State in the Union) and the Country of Chad in Africa which were the State and Nation that were the focus of our Prayer for the day.
THE PROPHETIC SOUND WAS “ARKANSAS WILL HELP BUILD CHAD FROM THE POOREST OF THE POOR NATIONS IN THE WORLD, TO THE RICHEST AND MOST ADVANCED COUNTRIES IN MODERN AFRICA”
I had just read your blog: “RE: The Caravan: Our Journey From Compassion to Political Tricks and Open Borders” and find it prophetically quite fitting to relate your article as a major focus point of Prayer for the 50 States and the 54 Nations in Africa, that comes at a time when the United States of America is going through a very challenging moment ahead of the Mid-Term elections on November 6th, 2018.
Let me share something(s) of similarity and difference between Chad and Arkansas and how they (fittingly?) relate to your message where you said in part “I’ve got a better idea…lets send missionaries into their countries, and teach them the entirety of the Bible. And instead of confining freedom to our land, lets send it out to the rest of the world.” I believe this is the most ideal time to send the Missionaries to the Poor Nations and enable them diversify their Economic Prowess and Liberty.
Chad in Africa, got her independence from France in 1960. Since then, violence, insurgencies and coups have characterized Chad’s politics, with interventions from Libya, France and others.
Arkansas became the twenty-fifth state to join the union on June 15th 1836 from France, this was 60 years after the birth of America on July 4th 1776. Technically speaking, when Arkansas attained her Statehood in 1836, the United States was halfway there; half way to being a NATION of 50 STARS for FIFTY STATES.
Arkansas has an official state creed which was adopted in 1972: “I BELIEVE IN ARKANSAS AS THE LAND OF OPPORTUNITY AND PROMISE, I BELIEVE IN THE RICH HERITAGE OF ARKANSAS AND I HONOUR THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO CREATED THIS HERITAGE. I BELIEVE IN THE YOUTH OF ARKANSAS WHO WILL BUILD OUR FUTURE. I AM PROUD OF MY STATE, I WILL UPHOLD ITS CONSTITUTION, OBEY ITS LAWS, AND WORK FOR THE GOOD OF ALL ITS CITIZENS.”
In a rearview mirror when Arkansas was joining the Union, lay everyone from DELAWARE (THE 1ST STATE, ADMITTED TO THE UNION ON DECEMBER 7, 1787), TO MISSOURI (24TH STATE, ADMITTED TO THE UNION ON AUGUST 10 1821) and up ahead lay everyone from MICHIGAN (THE 26TH STATE, ADMITTED TO THE UNION ON JANUARY 26TH 1837), TO HAWAII (THE 50TH STATE, ADMITTED TO THE UNION ON AUGUST 21, 1959) This was shortly before Chad (AFRICA) GOT HER INDEPENDENCE/LIBERTY FROM FRANCE IN 1960).Technically, Hawaii the last (50th) state to join the union of the United States of America and Chad in the African Union, are about the same age in Statehood and Nationhood respectively.
Lets go back to our article, on Arkansas and Chad.
Before both Arkansas joined the union and Chad became independent they both belonged to France.
The Republic of the Chad is located in North-Central Africa and is bordered by six countries, Libya to the north, Sudan to the east, Central African Republic to the south, Cameroon and Nigeria to the southwest, and Niger to the west.
Just like Chad, Arkansas is surrounded by six states: Missouri (N), Louisiana (S), Texas (SW), Oklahoma (W), Mississippi and Tennessee (E).
Prophetically therefore, we lift the State of Arkansas and Nation of Chad as the 7th State/Nation surrounded by the six States/Nations, representing God’s Divine love and God’s Agape Love found in Revelation 2:1-7.
I believe, when we talk about interventions from other neighbours, we are talking about BORDERS.
Chad has an agricultural economy where 80% engage in subsistence farming and raising livestock. Lack of rainfall, severe droughts, distance from the sea (Chad is landlocked), post-independence civil wars and poor infrastructure, especially the road system, has seen a boost in recent years. Some mineral wealth, significant oil deposits are notable boosts the Chad’s economy, But CORRUPTION is rife, and MISSPENDING threatens to nullify some of the benefit; a large share of the REVENUE IS SPENT ON MILITARY HARDWARE. The most disheartening thing is that 80% LIVE BELOW POVERTY LINE (Less that $2:5 a day).
Arkansas on the other hand is home to a wide array of natural resources including petroleum, natural gas, bromine and silica stone. Throughout the 20th century, the state was responsible for providing roughly 90 percent of all domestic Bauxite, from which aluminium is made.
Arkansas is the nation’s leading producer of rice and poultry and grows nearly every crop produced in the United States with the exception of citrus fruits.
Milk is the official state beverage in Arkansas and Dairy Farming is an important part of Agriculture. Chad engages in subsistence farming and raising livestock, this means that Arkansas has the skill and knowledge that can help Chad which is not only landlocked, but CHAD IS THE POOREST OF THE POOR COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD. In the latter half of the 1990s its GDP per capita averaged $215.
While Chad is the 5th largest country in Africa and the 21st largest in the world, Kalahari Desert covers much of the country, and only about 3% of the land is fit for growing crops.
While Arkansas began to diversify its economy following world war 2, relying on its service industry, aircraft, POULTRY, steel, tourism, cotton, and rice, Chad has suffered from post independence civil wars and poor infrastructure hindering any economic progress.
Arkansas is called the natural state because AK has an abundance of clear streams, rives and lakes as well as Diamonds which gave it the official name DIAMOND STATE. Chad also has some mineral wealth and significant oil deposits. The extraction of these is notably boosting the economy, but CORRUPTION IS RIFE AND NULLIFY’S THESE BENEFITS.
While I compare Chad to in your words A “Caravan” of asylum seeking immigrants are currently making their way to our southern border. Most of these people are from Central American countries where they say poverty and other issues are forcing them to flee northward. Others are coming from other nations, gangs and backgrounds; It is very important for a State like Arkansas and the United States (the richest nation in the world) by extension, to consider helping countries like Chad improve its agricultural economy since 80% engages in subsistence farming and livestock.
If and when countries living in Poverty like Chad (Less that $2.5 per day) while also, suffering from natural factors like severe droughts due to lack of rainfall can get assistance to sink boreholes and wells to promote their agricultural economy, it would not only greatly build their own economies instead of depending on handouts or AID WITH STRINGS ATTACHED but will help most African countries which have ended up being slaves of their creditors and some their colonial masters and/or NEO-COLONIAL MASTERS Today. The ancient wisdom says it better “THE RICH RULE OVER THE POOR, AND THE BORROWER IS SERVANT TO THE LENDER” (PROVERBS 22:7).
If and when the citizens of these poor countries can be assisted to nurture and apply their God given skills and talents in their nations and be assisted to Market their produce without middlemen fleecing their hard earned labour; If and when the citizens of these nations can be assisted to have their BORDERS SECURE from insurgents and terrorist related attacks;
If these countries can be assisted to have GOOD GOVERNANCE and what I refer to as THE TRINITY OF EQUALITY (Equal Education, Equal Economic Opportunity and Equal Justice) APPLIED by their Governments, then CORRUPTION AND CIVIL STRIFE, COUPS & INSURGENCIES AS WELL AS TRIBAL OR ETHNIC VIOLENCES will be checked and pave way for greater Social Economic Development and Peace between neighboring nations and reduced influx of Refugees.
Arkansas will certainly be remembered for one major act that has helped and should continue helping AFRICAN NATIONS. This is THE AFRICAN GROWTH OPPORTUNITY ACT (AGOA). This is a piece of legislation that was approved by the U.S. Congress in May 2000, whose purpose is to assist the economies of Sub-Saharan Africa and to IMPROVE ECONOMIC RELATIONS BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND THE REGION.
One of President Donald Trump Promises to the citizens of America during his campaigns was Making America Great again. This, I believe was forthcoming when he signed the AGOA & MCA Modernisation act whose plan is to HELP AFRICA INTEGRATE INTO THE WORLD ECONOMY. This is a very concrete road map to help the struggling countries in Africa to come out of poverty, dependence on hand outs, and corruption which is the greatest set back in most African countries today.
My idea of TRINITY OF EQUALITY is the strategy that I believe AFRICAN NATIONS can use to attain the opportunities established under the AGOA Initiative to build Intra-Africa Trade and sharing our infrastructure to build our economies and avoid the Brain Drain due to logistical challenges in our African countries. America through AGOA can help check the Corrupt leaders and nations by enabling Trade between African Nations and help improve the relations between the African countries and the United States. THIS WILL ALSO HELP TO STRENGTHEN REGIONAL SECURITY AND REINFORCE DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE.
IT WILL ALSO EMPOWER WOMEN FROM AFRICA WHO WORK VERY HARD, TO PROVIDE FOR THEIR FAMILIES, TO PARTICIPATE IN INCOME GENERATING ACTIVITIES THAT WILL ENABLE THEIR COUNTRIES BUILD THEIR ECONOMIC INFRASTRUCTURE.
Thus, these “Caravan” of asylum seeking immigrants making their way to the USA from their countries where they say poverty and other issues (which I believe is mainly due to poor governance and corrupt leadership forcing them to flee from their nations), will greatly subside and the pressure experienced by countries like the USA, accommodating people from other nations as a result will be drastically minimized.
You said in your article that “the march (Caravan) is not spontaneous. Someone is financing it. It’s occurring right before a crucial mid-term election in the United States. Many incidences of our youth being lured into illegal activities comes as a result of being un-engaged in their minds due to lack of employment or something creative to do. An idle mind is certainly the devils workshop.
On this 25th day of Our Prayer for the 50 States and 54 Countries of Africa, We are midway between the First State (Delaware) and the 50th State (Hawaii) and are lifting the State of Arkansas and Country of Chad.
We are also 11 days away from the Mid Term elections in the United States of America in the month of November (6th). Six is the number of man and 7 is God’s Divine number of completeness.
Just like Chad, Arkansas is surrounded by six states: Missouri (N), Louisiana (S), Texas (SW), Oklahoma (W), Mississippi and Tennessee (E). Prophetically we lift the State of Arkansas as the 7th State surrounded by the six, representing God’s Divine love and God’s Agape Love found in Revelation 2:1-7.
Prophetically we bring to God’s throne of Grace and Mercy the 25th State of Arkansas which is designated as the Diamond State and officially known as The Natural State. May the LORD restore America and Africa to her Natural State of Faith in God as One Nation (UNITED) Under God, the True God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Arkansas River is the longest stream to flow into the Mississippi and We Pray and declare today that “Arkansas River” to represent Psalm 46:3-11 which says:
“Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. There is a river, the streams whereof make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice (Sounded the TRUMP-ET/SHOFAR), the earth melted. THE LORD OF HOSTS IS WITH US; THE GOD OF JACOB IS OUR REFUGE. SELAH. Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he has made in the earth. He makes wars to cease unto the end of the earth; He breaks the bow, He cuts the spear in sunder; He burns the chariot in the fire. BE STILL, AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD: I WILL BE EXALTED IN THE EARTH. THE LORD OF HOSTS IS WITH US, THE GOD OF JACOB IS OUR ‘REFUGE. SELAH.”
We declare and decree today, the 25th day of October, 2018 that America will be United on both sides of the aisle in the Mighty Name of Jesus.
Since The 42 President of the United States came from Arkansas (25th State in the union) and was a Democrat, The 43 President came from Texas (28th State in the union), and was a Republican, The 44 President came from Hawaii (50th State in the union) and was a Democrat and The 45th President of the United States is a Republican and from New York, this is God’s proof that “There is no Authority except that which God has established. The Authorities that exist have been established by God” (Romans 13:1).
Therefore, we Pray for President Donald J Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and their Family as we also lift the entire Government and all the 50 States into the Hands of the LORD of hosts basing on 1 Timothy 2:1-5:
“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, Prayers, Intercession and Thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God God our Saviour, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the Truth. For there is ONE GOD and ONE MEDIATOR between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for ALL MEN – the testimony (oracle) given in its proper TIME.”
The next few days are very significant and most important for this GREAT NATION, which was Birthed as a Judeo Christian Nation and the First President, George Washington who was born in Virginia and which the State of Washington is named after his name, dedicated this Nation as ONE NATION UNDER GOD at Ground Zero, St Paul’s Chapel in New York, the Emperor or Kingdom State.
Is it a coincidence that President Donald John Trump was born in New York and represents the Biblical Cyrus while my wife and I are from a tiny village in Kenya are in the State of Washington? I don’t think so.
I was anointed as a SHOFAR blower and given a Prophetic Name “Gideon” on April 6th 2014 upon my return from Kenya after having been in the USA for 6 Months, Praying, Repenting and Interceding for the 50 states of America. On the eve of the Presidential elections in November 2016, I was at the Martin Luther King Monument in Washington DC (Seat of Authority) with Intercessors and Prayer Warriors BLOWING THE TRUMP-ET (SHOFAR) after making a declaration that whoever God has chosen as 45th President of the United States speak UNITY OF THE USA after the grueling campaigns. These were the very words that President Trump spoke upon his inauguration. There is no greater Time that The United States of America Needs UNITY and BE UNITED AS ONE NATION UNDER GOD THAN NOW.
On October 19th 2018, my dear wife was anointed as a SHOFAR blower and given the prophetic name Deborah, as we jointly continue with the PRAYER for the 50 states of USA, 54 AFRICAN Countries and NATIONS of the world at Peninsula Baptist Church at Gig Harbor in the State of Washington.
On Wednesday October 31st 2018, we will Symbolically BLOW THE TRUMP-ETS/SHOFAR AND DECLARE & DECREE THAT AMERICA BE UNITED AS ONE NATION UNDER GOD PRIOR TO THE FORTHCOMING ELECTIONS ON NOVEMBER 6TH 2018.
We are thankful for God sending us to the USA to establish a Global Intercessory Generation of Holiness, Adoration, Repentance, Believing (in the only Son of God Yeshua/Jesus HAMASHIACH), Oracles & Revival. “GIG HARBOR” AWAKENING.
Today, the 25th Day of Prayer is a reminder to the Body of Christ to LEAVE THE CHURCH BUILDING AND BECOME THE SENDING CHURCH to fulfill Revelation 14:6-7.
Yeshua HAMASHIACH is Roaring in the LAND and is soon bringing to an end the rule of man… “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a KINGDOM, which shall never be destroyed: and the KINGDOM shall not be left to other people, but it SHALL BREAK IN PIECES AND CONSUME ALL THESE kingdoms, and IT SHALL STAND FOREVER.” (Daniel 2:44).
Bishop/Apostle John A Bulinda.
GIG HARBOR AWAKENING,