PODCAST 07: GO RECONCILE WITH IMMIGRANTS & REFUGEES
I am a 2nd generation Korean American. My parents wanted a better life for themselves and their family. This is not an uncommon narrative. In fact, this is the common thread with immigrants, undocumented or not, and refugees. A better life. A life where they can experience flourishing.
If we are honest, we know that fighting for immigrants and refugees requires sacrifice, and we’re not willing to do that.
God fights for immigrants and refugees at great cost and that we too should do the same.
God loves the sojourner.
Who are immigrants(undocumented or not) and refugees to God?
They are image bearers of God.
Genesis 1:26-28 Male and Female He created them in His own image)
They are those defended by God
Psalm 146:5-9 Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
They are His present and future sons and daughters
Ephesians 2:18-19 “For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.’’
We are to love the sojourner like God does.
They are our neighbors.
They are our present and future family
They are those we are called to defend
They remind us of our particular history
But...how should we navigate our country’s laws about immigration?
By making sure we prioritize, what God prioritizes
Go Reconcile with immigrants and refugees
Tell them about the GOSPEL: Jesus understands what it means to be an immigrant. He understands what it means to be a refugee. He was the ultimate outsider loving the outsider. It cost everything for Jesus to love the stranger. Why should we think that it would cost us so little?
Maybe even your local church
2. Get involved at a local level with immigrants and refugees
Theologian Orlando O. Espin has this to say about the immigrant, “Welcoming the stranger (the “immigrant,” we could say today) is the most often repeated commandment in the Hebrew scriptures, with the exception of the imperative to worship only the one God. And the love of neighbor(especially the more vulnerable neighbor) is doubtlessly the New Testament’s constant command... Whatever the cause of immigration today, there can be no doubt as to where the Church must stand when it comes to defending the immigrant.”
If God fights for the immigrant and refugees, shouldn’t we?
Exodus 22:21/Exodus 23:9//Deuteronomy 24:14/Hebrews 13:2/Matthew 25:35