Wednesday, June 06, 2007

The Illegal Alien Is My Neighbor!

The biblical illiteracy of many who claim the Bible as their inerrant, infallible guide is often astonding. Nowhere is this more true than in the issue of Christian response to immigration reform. There are very few issues in the Bible where God's expectations are more clearly spelled out for us. I encourage you to read the article by David Gushee, on Christians and Immigration Reform.

I have extracted some of the key statements:

"As American Christians, are we more Christian or more American? I think that we should be Christians first."

"Biblically, the five most relevant moral principles on this issue are love, justice, hospitality, family and humility."

"Every person is my neighbor, whom I am called to love. The “undocumented worker” or “illegal alien” is my neighbor."

Jeremiah 22: “Do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed violence in this place.”

"Matthew 25, the king says, “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Illegal immigrants are strangers."

"As Christians, we cannot rest comfortably with raids that leave children in schools and daycare while their parents are deported."

". . . our true “citizenship” is in the church, and we are there as “resident aliens” hospitably welcomed by our gracious God. In this sense, we too are aliens, immigrants and strangers, and we should identify compassionately with this world’s versions of the same."

Referring specifically to the immigration reform bill, "This is hardly the kingdom of God in action. But it is far better than any alternative, and Christians should support it."


Steve Hayes said...

Well, this time my link to this post worked.

Israel Izz Mlambo said...

Brilliant article that you linked to. It's about time people lived by their word and the word of the bible they read. Unless their Christianity is based ona bible that is unknown the majority of this world. If not so, then I'm sure they are interpreting the biblical verses in a way that is to suit them and their already formed views.

sepherim said...

A friend made a very insightful comment this morning about conservative Christians. She observed that they insist on going back to failed positions and strategies, they just do it louder.