Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The injustice of illegal immigration

Illegal immigration is a hot-button issue for many people on both sides of the debate, but what does the Bible say about it? Would Jesus tell us to flout our nation’s immigration laws in order to love our neighbors on the other side of the border? Do Old Testament prohibitions against mistreating aliens require our government to welcome every foreigner who wants to live here? How do immigrants who come here legally feel about rewarding those who break the rules to enter our country? What about American citizens who have lost their jobs to illegal immigrants? Should we deny justice to our own citizens in order to show compassion to those who are here illegally?

Christianity Today addressed several of these questions in a recent article by James Edwards: "Seeking Biblical Principles to Inform Immigration Policy.” Click here for the full text.

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