Over the past month a group called the Evangelical Immigration Table has been sponsoring a campaign to raise awareness about immigration reform. Their platform statement includes the following items:
- 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
Jesus charged us to care for the stranger (or foreigner, to use a term that I think is more accurate in the Biblical text) among us. It’s Biblical justice and shame on us that we don’t do better at it than we do.
But is there justice behind building a Democrat voting block and welfare state through increased immigration? I don’t think that’s what Jesus had in mind. I can’t help but wring my hands and worry that the EIT’s push will result in this outcome.
The history of Evangelicals mixing with politics is not one that makes me proud. We are either become strident and harm the reputation of Christ or we are duped and become the unwitting instruments of evil. I want to be pro-immigrant but I also would like to see an end to abusive illegal immigration that is being forced on us by the current administration and those on the political left.
Is there room for somebody to be pro-immigrant AND anti-immigration?
I think I will wait for the specifics of the legislation.
Want to read more?
- Evangelical Immigration Table
- Evangelicals for Biblical Immigration
- National Review Article
- Time Magazine Article
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