My friend Doug Brown and I recently went to Washington DC for an event sponsored by The Evangelical Immigration Table. We went to learn and gather information regarding the issue of immigration and our Biblical response to it.
We flew out a day early so that we could catch some of the sights in DC. So on Monday–within a 6 hour period of time–we saw the Martin Luther King Memorial (powerful), the Lincoln Memorial (really cool), the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, World War II Memorial (very moving and impressive), The Constitution and Declaration of Independence at the National Archives (No way Nicolas Cage could break into that place), The Smithsonian American History museum (saw an actual uniform worn by George Washington and saw the flag that inspired the Star Spangled Banner), the Smithsonian Air and Space museum (including the actual Wright brothers plane and the Apollo 11 capsule), the room the Supreme Court meets in, and the White House. It was a really fun day, filled with so much appreciation for those who gave their lives in service for our country.
On Tuesday, we attended an “Evangelicals for Immigration Reform” event in the morning. At that meeting, we experienced some wonderful worship and then heard some tremendous speakers talk about the need for a compassionate and sensible response to the immigration challenges. We then headed over the Capital Hill for 2 appointments with the staff of two of our Colorado congressmen: Scott Tipton and Cory Gardner.
From those discussions, I got the sense that, while a few bills related to immigration are in committee, none of them are comprehensive in their approach, containing the elements that many believe are critical for this issue to move forward–things like a clear path to citizenship as well as more effective border security. Pretty discouraging.
As many observe, there seems to be very little dialog, compromise and problem solving happening in Washington these days. I think everyone is so focused on getting elected that they can’t really work toward any solution that would be seen as “compromise” by their political base.
One thing we can do is pray. You can check out here the immigration table prayer suggestions. And you can read their official statement on immigration reform here. I think it offers a great foundation for helpful dialog on this issue, rather than intense political rhetoric.