Christians at the Border (Part 1 of 3)

I first posted this along with the next 2 parts of this essay back in September, 2015 when wall building was a campaign promise and President Trump was then Candidate Trump. I recommend these three to you for what I believe the Bible teaches about immigrants and refugees. You’ll find more actual biblical evidence for my position in Part 2.

For those of us who follow Jesus it’s important that our biblical worldview informs our politics not the other way around. So if you have a different opinion based on your understanding of the Bible, I’d love to hear it. I could be wrong in my interpretation of the Word. It’s happened before. But if your view of immigration and refugee-care begins and ends with a personal preference or political platform, then feel free to restrain yourself from comment. Not that it’s not valuable to banter politics but that’s not my approach or my point here.

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immigration 2“We’re building a wall. Nobody’s going through my wall. Trump builds walls. I build walls.”

I’ve written about immigration in the past but in light of current conversations among presidential candidates along with the rhetoric bouncing back and forth in the media about “illegals” replete with pejorative labels like “Anchor babies” and other offensive racial slurs, I couldn’t help myself. I had to make a few comments of my own.

Two things I won’t do here. If you want to know the shocking statistics on worldwide migration you should Google those on your own. I feel like we’re already pretty well numbed by the numbers of migrants and refugees – and by pretty much any other social crisis in our world. We’re slowed to stasis by statistics. It’s too easy to think of immigration as an issue, as just a problem to be solved by someone other than us…

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