Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention penned a very penetrating letter on the current hot topic of immigration.
The larger issue is in how we talk about this issue, recognizing that this is not about “issues” or “culture wars” but about persons made in the image of God. Our churches must be the presence of Christ to all persons, regardless of country of origin or legal status. We need to stand against bigotry and harassment and exploitation, even when it’s politically profitable for those who stand with us on other issues.
And, most importantly, we must love our brothers and sisters in the immigrant communities. We must be the presence of Christ to and among them, even as we receive ministry from them. Our commitment to a multinational kingdom of God’s reconciliation in Christ must be evident in the verbal witness of our gospel and in the visible makeup of our congregations.
It is easy to fall into the trap of using labels to dehumanize others resulting in a lack of compassion for those people.
This happens between different religions, different Christian denominations, different political parties, different genders, different nationalities, and so on.
Generalizing people into labels removes the human aspect. But these are people with real stories and struggles looking for help.
There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28 NLT)
In Christ there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all. (Colossians 3:11 HCSB)
I’m not suggesting that there is an easy solution. However, seeing everyone in the light of Christ seems to be a basic aspect of His kingdom, especially those who are most in need.
I hope you’ll check out the link above and read the full article.
What are your thoughts on Moore’s article?
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