I am reading a fascinating book right now titled They Are Us: Lutherans and Immigration by Stephen Bouman and Ralston Deffenbaugh…
…I have yet to finish the book but I will be done shortly. It’s a short book and a quick read. It is also an eye opening book. I hope to have more insights for you soon but in the mean time, here are some thoughts and highlights that have jumped out to me.
–We are all descendants of immigrants. How often do you actually think about that?
–Scriptures command us to welcome the widow, orphan and the stranger. How often do we do THAT?
–Our immigration system is indeed broken. I do not have the answer, but something needs to be done. Families are being torn apart.
–Since 9/11 it has become “okay” to discriminate against immigrants all in the name of national security.
–I need to readjust some of my attitudes and pray for my brothers and sisters who are simply here to make a better life for them and their families.
Like I said I do not have the answer to the problem of our broken immigration system, but as Christians how are we called to respond to these brothers and sisters in Christ? Maybe our first order of business is to pray for our national leaders that they may actually figure something out so all people are treated with respect and dignity.
More to come later…