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July 23, 2006

Immigration crisis requires biblical response

Here are remarks by Richard Land, President of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, in support of comprehensive immigration reform. In Baptist Press April 27, 2006

“NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--The immigration crisis in the United States is a huge issue, impacting tens of millions of people in many different ways. How do we approach this problem? First, we have to identify "we." When I speak of "we," I am referring to Southern Baptists and other evangelical Christians who are American citizens. As such, we have responsibilities in two realms: as citizens of the nation and as citizens of the heavenly Kingdom (Philippians 3:20; Titus 2:14; 1 Peter 2:9).

As citizens of the United States, we have an obligation to support the government and the government's laws for conscience' sake (Romans 13:7). We also have a right to expect the government to fulfill its divinely ordained mandate to punish those who break the laws and reward those who do not (Romans 13:1-7). As citizens of the Lord's heavenly Kingdom and members of local colonies of that Kingdom (congregations of Christians), we also have a divine mandate to act redemptively and compassionately toward those who are in need. Jesus commanded us to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:39) and to do unto others as we would have them do unto us (Matthew 7:12). How do these twin divine mandates apply to the immigration crisis facing our nation? …”

Posted by VisaLawyer at July 23, 2006 06:27 AM

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