U.S. Border Wall Won’t Work

Posted on February 12, 2019

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By David Ettinger

A Biblical Perspective
The issue of a border wall separating the United States and Mexico is a highly-emotional and highly-political one. It is also personal to me as I was employed 14 years in the border city of El Paso, Texas, the newspaper I worked for just five blocks from the city of Juarez, Mexico.

However, my perspective regarding a border wall to restrain the entry of illegal immigrants into the U.S. is neither emotional, nor political, nor personal; it is biblical. I believe America is receiving the divine punishment she deserves, and there “ain’t nothing” in the world a border wall can do about that!

U.S.-Israel Comparison
I frequently draw comparisons between the U.S. and ancient Israel, but am always careful about it. Israel was – and still is – a covenant nation, which no other nation in the world’s history has been. I staunchly believe Israel was and is God’s Chosen People, and that He will fulfill all of His promises to her.

The U.S. is not a covenant nation in that she and the Lord never established a covenant between them. I do, however, believe that the U.S. is the greatest and most blessed nation which ever existed, and that much of how God dealt with ancient Israel in principle is very similar to the way He will deal with the U.S.

Biblical Illustrations
At Israel’s founding, God promised abundant blessings for her if she would be obedient to Him (Leviticus 26:1-13; Deuteronomy Chapter 7, and many others). The key to blessing, as mentioned, was obedience, and this would be a principle for all nations: Love God, obey Him, and He will bless you.

God also promised Israel severe punishment for disobedience (Leviticus 26:14-46). This principle would also be the norm for all nations: Disobey God, embrace sin, and He will punish you.

Ancient Israel chose disobedience. God made His displeasure clear to her numerous times. In Jeremiah 5:7, He chastised her with these pointed words: “Why should I forgive you? Your children have forsaken me and sworn by gods that are not gods. I supplied all their needs, yet they committed adultery and thronged to the houses of prostitutes.”

Likewise, though there is currently a strong Christian presence in the U.S., it is quickly weakening and dwindling as the sin ravaging our culture is steadily poisoning the Church.

And the consequences for such disobedience? The Lord harshly rebukes Israel in Jeremiah 1:16: “I will pronounce my judgments on my people because of their wickedness in forsaking me …” Forsake God and punishment will always follow. It may take centuries as God is abundantly patient, but punishment for forsaking Him is certain.

I believe America is in the early stages of Jeremiah 1:16 where God’s judgments are beginning to fall; the over-influx of illegal aliens is just a part of them. The punishments will increase in severity because though we were never a “Christian” nation, we were founded on Judeo-Christian principles, lived almost two centuries accordingly, and are now renouncing them at a frightening pace. We can build our border wall if we like, but it won’t halt the punishment due us; there are plenty of other afflictions waiting in the wings.  

A Spiritual Wall
Are things all lost; can the U.S. make a spiritual comeback? I don’t think so, but I certainly hope I’m wrong. However, if America were to come back to God, she would have no need of a physical wall as the Lord would erect a spiritual wall around her. He told Israel:

If my people would only listen to me, if Israel would only follow my ways, how quickly I would subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes! Those who hate the Lord would cringe before him, and their punishment would last forever. But you would be fed with the finest of wheat; with honey from the rock I would satisfy you (Psalm 81:13-16).

Substitute “the United States” for “my people” and you’ve got a spiritual wall of epic proportions which no human or demonic force can penetrate! And just for the record, this offer is worldwide as the Lord promises: “Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other” (Isaiah 45:22).

Indeed, God is the only wall humanity will ever need! May we turn to Him and be saved!

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