If families are together, they are stronger. This makes our churches and cities stronger. The economy also is stronger as people work to provide for their families. Beside these things, churches are ultimately responsible to take care of the destitute and treat them with dignity and respect. This is why we care.
The Crossing Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Cultivating a heart for immigrants in our church has had some wonderful “side effects”: hospitality and kindness mean more (Matt. 25); diversity in the body makes the gospel more credible (Acts 11); and ultimately, relationships with the immigrants in our midst add vitality to our stories of faith in action (James 2).
Open Table Community in Atlanta, Georgia
Bronx Bethany’s immigrant founders were denied membership in a mainline New York City church 50 years ago. Rather than curse the darkness, they began a faith community committed to welcoming all. We understand intimately the sojourn of the immigrant and the relevance of being obedient to Scripture that instructs us to care for the foreigner.
Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene
Immigration reform is crucial, because the Bible demands social justice for immigrants and because we now have an entire generation of immigrant children who desperately need to be successfully assimilated into our society. The time to act is now.
Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tennessee
This article originally appeared in the NAE Insight.