Pro-Abortion Nancy Pelosi Quotes 'Welcome the Children' Bible Verse in Immigration Speech
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) unwittingly showcased her hypocrisy in a record-breaking 8-hour speech on immigration and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Ironically, she cited the position of the Roman Catholic Church (of which she claims to be a member) and quoted a Bible passage about welcoming children, despite her strong support for the killing of unborn children in the womb.
"The Catholic Church has long watched with pride and admiration as DACA youth live out their daily lives with hope and determination to flourish and contribute to society," Pelosi declared. She quoted a statement from Catholic bishops who referenced Mark 9:37, a passage about welcoming children.
"The bishops go on to say, 'The church has recognized and proclaimed the need to welcome young people. Whoever welcomes one of these children in my name welcomes me. And whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me. Mark 9:37.' That's so beautiful, because what they are saying is, when you reject these newcomers, you are rejecting those who sent them," the congresswoman said.
It is supremely ironic that Pelosi would quote Roman Catholic bishops and this particular Bible passage. Though she attends a Roman Catholic church, she supports legal abortion and opposes restrictions to it. The Roman Catholic Church's official position is that abortion falls under murder as a violation of the Fifth Commandment (Protestants refer to it as the Sixth Commandment).
Pelosi waxed eloquent on accepting the children of illegal immigrants, but she had nothing to say about welcoming the unborn children in the womb. She has claimed that she is personally pro-life, but she still supports largely unfettered access to abortion.
Elsewhere in her speech, Pelosi quoted Matthew 25:31-46, the parable of the sheep and the goats, in which Jesus says that anyone who helps the "least of these brothers and sisters of mine," they are really helping Him. She also quoted Luke 10:25-37, the parable of the Good Samaritan, in which Jesus taught that even those we despise and distrust are our neighbors.
Pelosi was correct in teaching the Christian ethic of love and charity toward other people, and indeed American Christians ought to embrace and help immigrants, be they legal or illegal. Jesus called His disciples to show love and compassion to all people, even their enemies, to be "perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect" (Matthew 5:48).
The difficulty with her argument comes when applying this wonderful (and nearly impossible) biblical principle to government. The Bible emphasizes love toward neighbors, but it also emphasizes justice. There is to be no "partiality in judgement," and that means that if people break the law, they should be judged by that law.