Is Arizona's new immigration law consistent with Scripture? Absolutely.
According to Romans 13, job one for government is to protect its citizenry. God has delegated his authority to civil authorities for that specific purpose. "He is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer (Romans 13:4)."
Arizona's governor Jan Brewer explained to Greta Van Susteren this week that she signed this bill into law because, as governor, she has a responsibility to protect the safety and security of Arizonans. You can't get any more biblical than that.
Arizona has been plagued by a rash of violent criminal behavior committed by illegal aliens. Carjackings are up, home invasions are up, burglary is up, violent confrontations with drug smugglers are up, human trafficking is up, and Phoenix has become the kidnapping capital of the world as the kind of violence common in Mexico has now migrated across the border.
The federal government has grossly failed in its Romans 13 duty to protect American citizens - even the president admits there has been a failure to act on the part of the feds - and so the government of Arizona has stepped into the breach and is exercising its God-given authority to protect the innocent and punish the guilty.
If the federal government won't do it, and the state government isn't supposed to, it's appropriate to ask who is supposed to defend Arizona families from criminal illegals? If they are left to fend for themselves because the governments with the divine responsibility to do it won't, then the alternative is either vigilante justice, increasing social chaos or both.
When mushy-headed Christians complain that the Arizona law lacks compassion and fairness, it's appropriate for level-headed Christians to ask in response, compassionate and fair to whom, exactly? How is it fair to law abiding citizens to be forced to live in constant fear of escalating violence, and to have their wallets continually skimmed to provide welfare, education and medical care to individuals who have no legal right even to be in our country? What is remotely compassionate or fair about that?
It's time for mature and muscular Christian thinking here on the part of evangelicals. Too much of the thinking of self-proclaimed evangelicals has been shaped by left-leaning worldviews and too little by the Scriptures themselves. The kind of shallow thinking we're getting from folks like Jim Wallis is a sad and telling demonstration of that fact.