Iranian officials and a host of other people are criticizing President Donald Trump for his executive order that suspends immigration from countries that are considered terrorists hot spots. Some are saying that it is a Muslim ban, and the hashtag #muslimban has been trending on Twitter. It is surprising that so many people are falling for this claim. It is as if people are only reading sensational headlines from websites that are antagonistic towards Trump or if it is something else.
Regardless of why people are calling this a Muslim ban, the label is easy to refute. There are many other countries who have Muslims that are still able to migrate here such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, India, etc. All three of these countries have at the very least a significant population of Muslims. The point, however, is that if any Muslims are still allowed to enter the United States, the notion that Muslims are banned from coming here is false. Furthermore, the ban on these 7 countries is not contingent on whatever religion they may espouse. If one were to read the executive order, it is clear that the ban is temporary and that there are instructions to come up with an effective vetting process so that refugees who are admitted are ones who will love america instead of trying to destroy it. Some have argued that Christians should not act on fear but also on “love.”
The problem with this proclamation is the the definition of “love” is ambiguous and in some instance overlaps with what one might say is “careless.” 2 Chronicles 14:7 reads, “And he said to Judah, “Let us build these cities and surround them with walls and towers, gates and bars. The land is still ours, because we have sought the LORD our God. We have sought him, and he has given us peace on every side.” So they built and prospered.” 2 Chronicles 14 praises Asa for doing what is good in the sight of the Lord. It gives a list of some of the things that Asa did (given the context of the passage, God has told us that all of these things are listed were good things). One of these things was building a wall because God had given them this land. The walls that were built by the children of promise (the Jews) in the Bible are associated with security. Because God saw Asa’s overseeing the building of the wall a good thing, it is clear that Christians are not obligated to let anyone into their country that wishes to come in. Because God does not oblige us to do so, such an action cannot be contributed to “love” as the Bible defines it. God would not praise an action that is unethical. It also follows that if God permits us to keep people who may harm us out of our country with a wall, keeping people out of our country with a ban on immigration is not unethical either.