“Destroy all the inhabitants of that land: beat down their pillars, and break in pieces their statues, and waste all their high places, Cleansing the land, and dwelling in it. For I have given it you for a possession… But if you will not kill the inhabitants of the land: they that remain, shall be unto you as nails in your eyes, and spears in your sides, and they shall be your adversaries in the land of your habitation.” – Numbers 33:52-53,55
Since President Trump has signed executive orders regarding immigration and supposed refugees, we are again being endlessly reminded that European Christians are the ultimate sinners. We are told that the United States has absolutely no right to defend its borders or limit immigration because all of this land was “stolen from the Native Americans.” Christians, we are told, cannot turn away refugees even if they are the avowed enemies of Christendom. We must open our doors to foreigners. We must let them dwell among us. To this end, progressives have started to cite Leviticus 19:33-34 as seen above, which certainly does seem to suggest that God commands us to let foreigners live among us as though they are one of our own. But, how can that passage be reconciled with Numbers 33:52,55, also seen above? Has God commanded us to let paynims live among us as they are our own, or has He instead warned us to do the exact opposite?
On its face, it may seem as though God has given us contradictory commandments, but this speaks to the value of digging deeper into the text when that appears to be the case. As should be expected, it is the progressives who are subverting God’s will. In Leviticus 19:33, the word translated as “dwell” is יָג֧וּר, or Hebrew for “sojourn.” This means that the passage is referencing a stranger temporarily visiting, seeking lodging, &c. This is reinforced by the fact that each case of “stranger” uses the same word in Hebrew (גָּר), which is derived from the verb above, per Strong’s Lexicon. Thus, consider an alternative reading: “If a stranger visits your land, do not mistreat him but rather treat him as one of your own.” In its proper context then, we can see that Leviticus 19:33-34 is commanding us to be hospitable to strangers rather than treating them as the Egyptians treated the Hebrews in the story of the Exodus. God was not commanding us to embrace foreign invaders.
Let’s look at Numbers 33:51-55 for full context:
“Command the children of Israel, and say to them: When you shall have passed over the Jordan, entering into the land of Chanaan, Destroy all the inhabitants of that land: beat down their pillars, and break in pieces their statues, and waste all their high places, Cleansing the land, and dwelling in it. For I have given it you for a possession. And you shall divide it among you by lot. To the more you shall give a larger part, and to the fewer a lesser. To every one as the lot shall fall, so shall the inheritance be given. The possession shall be divided by the tribes and the families. But if you will not kill the inhabitants of the land: they that remain, shall be unto you as nails in your eyes, and spears in your sides, and they shall be your adversaries in the land of your habitation.”
We can compare this with Deuteronomy 7:2-5,16:
“And the Lord thy God shall have delivered them to thee, thou shalt utterly destroy them. Thou shalt make no league with them, nor shew mercy to them: Neither shalt thou make marriages with them. Thou shalt not give thy daughter to his son, nor take his daughter for thy son: For she will turn away thy son from following me, that he may rather serve strange gods, and the wrath of the Lord will be kindled, and will quickly destroy thee. But thus rather shall you deal with them: Destroy their altars, and break their statues, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven things… Thou shalt consume all the people, which the Lord thy God will deliver to thee. Thy eye shall not spare them, neither shalt thou serve their gods, lest they be thy ruin.”
And Deuteronomy 20:10-12,15-18:
“If at any time thou come to fight against a city, thou shalt first offer it peace. If they receive it, and open the gates to thee, all the people that are therein, shall be saved, and shall serve thee paying tribute. But if they will not make peace, and shall begin war against thee, thou shalt besiege it… So shalt thou do to all cities that are at a great distance from thee, and are not of these cities which thou shalt receive in possession. But of those cities that shall be given thee, thou shalt suffer none at all to live: But shalt kill them with the edge of the sword, to wit, the Hethite, and the Amorrhite, and the Chanaanite, the Pherezite, and the Hevite, and the Jebusite, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee: Lest they teach you to do all the abominations which they have done to their gods: and you should sin against the Lord your God.”
These passages and others like them cannot be any clearer. The righteous are called to take the lands that God has placed before them, and they are to wipe away the godless who may occupy those lands. Otherwise, the godless will remain enemies of the righteous and will try to lead them astray. Consider the “synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie (Revelation 3:9).” Are the modern Pharisees not nails in our eyes, spears in our sides, and adversaries in our own lands? Is the same not also true of Muslims? Is it not true that virtually every minority has been weaponized by the godless hedonists so as to undermine and subvert Christendom? In no uncertain terms, these passages are demonstrating the right of conquest for the faithful. When Christians discovered the New World, were they not acting in accordance with the passages above, even as they waged war and moved the paynim populations that stood in their way? Did the Christians not build something glorious out of nothing more than uncultivated earth, all in the name of God?
Some would certainly try to argue that the Old Testament only speaks of God granting Israel to the Hebrews, but remember that Jesus was foretold as the King of the true Judeans (Matthew 2:2). It is Christians who are now the house of Israel, granted a new covenant with God where the old decayed as the Hebrews lost their way (Hebrews 8:8-13). When God says that He will grant lands to His children and that they should take them in His name, the expansion of Christendom and the white race are cast in a new light. The failure of the West is in forgetting that God warned us not to let our enemies live amongst us because they will subvert us.
The Crusades were not a sin. The Age of Discovery was not a sin. The “Trail of Tears” was not a sin. By God’s own commandments, Christians have a right to take what He has set before us. Why would so much have been placed at Europeans’ feet if it was not God’s will that we take it? The sin was in allowing our enemies to remain amongst us, or letting them move amongst us after the fact. Let us look back to the passages above. If God sets territory before Christians, it is His will that the paynims be exterminated or driven from our lands so that they cannot subvert or lead us astray. If they are outside of our lands, then we should attempt to make peace with them, requiring that they pay tribute in service of the righteous faithful.
Jesus came not to bring peace, but a sword (Matthew 10:34), and we are called to take up the cross and follow Him (Luke 9:23), selling our cloaks if need be so that we may arm ourselves (Luke 22:36).
For study: How are Biblical translations weaponized, purposely or not, so as to lead Christians from the true path? For example, compare the Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition translation of Leviticus 19:33-34 above to that found in the Common English Bible (2011), sponsored jointly by the Disciples of Christ, Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church USA, United Church of Christ, and United Methodist Church:
“When immigrants live in your land with you, you must not cheat them. Any immigrant who lives with you must be treated as if they were one of your citizens. You must love them as yourself, because you were immigrants in the land of Egypt; I am the Lord your God.”