God Loves the Immigrant

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My former pastor in Chicago married a woman from South America and once explained (during a sermon) she had the opportunity to enter America illegally. But her obedience to God permeated every area of her life, including her desire to live in the U.S.

She did eventually come to the States, but legally.

At the heart of the immigration debate are people who are both confused and angry. There is a fight against bigotry pitted against defensiveness of governmental laws.

I’m not naive to think that love alone is the “answer” for immigration although it’s a good start.

I think the answer for immigration is to duplicate what God has done for us. In the Old Testament, He gave us the Law. In the New Testament, He gave us Love. But love didn’t demolish the law, it fulfilled it.

My thought on immigration is quite simplistic: When people come into the country (legally) respecting the law, we have a duty to love them. And when people come into the country (illegally) disrespecting the law, we still have a duty to love them.

 

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