Evangelicals Unite to Argue for Justice in Immigration   Leave a comment

Wow. Maybe I just haven’t noticed, but I don’t remember seeing something like this story in the news for some time. When Evangelicals are in the news these days, it seems like it’s usually about some spokesman for the Religious Right embarrassing himself (and us), or it’s about h0w uninvolved the Evangelical movement is in doing social justice.

Anyway, I couldn’t be happier to see this group pressuring President Obama to work with others to pass immigration reform legislation that:

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.

Here is the list of those who signed the open letter to the President:

Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals; Stephan Bauman, President and CEO, World Relief; David Beckmann, President, Bread for the World; Noel Castellanos, CEO, Christian Community Development Association; Robert Gittelson, President, Conservatives for Comprehensive Immigration Reform; Richard Land, President, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention; Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference; Gabriel Salguero, President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition; Richard Stearns, President, World Vision United States; and Jim Wallis, President and CEO, Sojourners.

This is a fine hour for Evangelicals, and for each of these organizations. May there be many more to come as the church turns its sights on applying its faith outside the four walls of the church.


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