ISSUE: Rights of Immigrants
Huge amounts of racism, discrimination, and oppression are, unfortunately, daily realities experienced by our brothers and sisters who have immigrated to this Nation.
Somehow our political discourse and climate has descended to the level, where treating people with dignity and love is up for debate. For those who seek to follow the way of Jesus, this level of discourse is seen as sinful and simply will not do. Scripture and Church teaching are clear, immigrants are, at the very least, to be treated with the same dignity and rights afforded to citizens. In fact we know that the Love commanded by Jesus calls us to go far beyond this minimum. Our call is to treat immigrants (despite their registered status with the government) with an extra amount of kindness, mercy, and love.
Followers of Christ, should actively work to transform our local and national conversation and laws. Questions and policy of minimal requirements must be replaced by that which is shaped in Courage, Mercy, Vision, and Love. How can we do even more to make the stranger feel welcomed, to make sure families fleeing violence and poverty are loved and kept safe?
This since of abundance is what must guide our way of being within this world.
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