Last weekend at our services, I taught a message entitled “Thinking Biblically about Immigration.” You can watch or listen to it out here. My heart in the message was to help us as Christians view this issue through a biblical lens rather than simply through the lenses of political rhetoric, etc.
I have recently connected with another resource that I have found incredibly helpful. It’s called the Evangelical Immigration Table. Check out their web site here.
At this site, you will find the following statement regarding immigration reform, a statement I think many people in our nation could agree upon:
“Our national immigration laws have created a moral, economic and political crisis in America. Initiatives to remedy this crisis have led to polarization and name calling in which opponents have misrepresented each other’s positions as open borders and amnesty versus deportations of millions. This false choice has led to an unacceptable political stalemate at the federal level at a tragic human cost.
We urge our nation’s leaders to work together with the American people to pass immigration reform that embodies these key principles and that will make our nation proud.
As evangelical Christian leaders, we call for a bipartisan solution on immigration that:
- Respects the God-given dignity of every person
- Protects the unity of the immediate family
- Respects the rule of law
- Guarantees secure national borders
- Ensures fairness to taxpayers
- Establishes a path toward legal status and/or citizenship for those who qualify and who wish to become permanent residents
We urge our nation’s leaders to work together with the American people to pass immigration reform that embodies these key principles and that will make our nation proud.”
I hope you will check out the web site and encourage others to as well. Surely our leaders can come together at points of agreement and work toward these ideals. It’s time for the polarization to stop and for dialog to move forward.