Pastor Maury Davis contends that illegal immigration is anti-Biblical.
Unfortunately for Pastor Maury Davis, Bibles are widely available to whomever wants them, for free. Shoot, if you have access to the internet, you can pull up the Bible on one of your internet browser tabs and flip back and forth to it all day at work. You can browse through it to your heart's content. You don't need anyone to tell you what it says. You can read it for yourself.
We can all read together the many, many times that God says to the Isrealites, "Go into that country and kill everyone except the virgins and take it over." Granted, that's a step or two further than illegal immigration, but it's still entering a country without that country's government's permission.
But what if we want an instance that's right on point? Is there a moment when someone in the Bible sneaks into another country whereby we can judge God's attitude towards illegal immigration?
Yes. Yes, there is.
There's a very famous instance of illegal immigration in the Bible. Check out Matthew 2:13-15 in which God essentially says to Joseph, "Go illegally immigrate into Egypt so that Herod doesn't kill this kid."
Jesus was an illegal immigrant.
That's not a parable or a symbolic story you need a pastor to interpret. That's the truth. His family sneaked into Egypt and hid there because God told them to.
Of course, Pith understands why Davis would rather focus on a story that can kind of be sort of interpreted as being applicable to illegal immigration, rather than on the straight-forward account of God ordering Joseph to illegally immigrate to Egypt. The story can kind of be interpreted in a way that supports Davis' foregone conclusion. God's command to Joseph directly challenges Davis' foregone conclusion.
But we can't help but be curious about how Davis squares this circle. He must know the story of the flight into Egypt. Was he counting on the fact that the people who read his opinion piece in The Tennessean wouldn't be?