Russell Moore, at his blog http://www.russellmoore.com/ Moore to the Point (and at the Christian Post) Moore published an articled entitled, http://www.russellmoore.com/2011/06/17/immigration-and-the-gospel/ Immigration and the Gospel . Moore is considered by many to be, in the most severe categories, a moderate Evangelical and generally a conservative one. However, in his 20 Jun 2011, article Moore appears to have abandoned historical grammatical interpretation and opted for what might be described as the Jimmy Carter school of theology. Here are some alarming excerpts:
Well, Dr. Moore, no. Egypt and Israel, while retaining their geographical designation, were both under Roman rule. And immigration process was not required for such travel. Hence, our Lord and his family were not illegal immigrants. This is a gospel issue. First of all, our Lord Jesus himself was a so-called “illegal immigrant.” Fleeing, like many of those in our country right now, a brutal political situation, our Lord’s parents sojourned with him in Egypt (Matt. 2:113-23). Jesus, who lived out his life for us, spent his childhood years in a foreign land away from his relatives among people speaking a different language with strange customs.
So, they are here illegally, breaking the law, but for a "good" reason. So the end justifies the means? But this issue is far more complicated than that. Yes, undocumented immigrants are violating the law, but, first of all, most of them are doing so in order to provide a future for their families in flight from awful situations back home. Many of them are children (as our Lord Jesus was at the time of his immigration).
Again, where is it established that our Lord was an undocumented worker? Certainly not from any biblical means. There will be a day when the United States of America will no longer exist. And on that day, the sons and daughters of God will stand before the throne of a former undocumented immigrant.
*A note worth considering. Had anyone outside of the quasi-conservative Evangelical society and its friends (and particularly anyone viewed by them with any degree of antagonism) published this, many of those in this quasi-conservative Evangelical society (or its friends) would have been on it like a bowl of ice cream. But in truth, there is nothing but silence, reprehensible silence. This is demonstration of the very thing John MacArthur finds concerning about TGC/T4G (which of course Moore will be one of its second tier speakers) and like minded groups, their marginalization of doctrine (in effect rigorous hermeneutics).
You won't hear a peep out of any of them about this. Not a bit. It should be alarming to those of you who champion this society.