Monday, October 13, 2014

Robert G. Wilkerson: Immigration: A Christian perspective

  Immigrants are people created in the image of God, and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. They are members of the human race and are people for which Christ died.

·The Bible tells us that immigrants should be treated as natives; they should not be wronged, and we should love them as we love ourselves (Leviticus 19:33-34).

·We need immigrants to keep America strong and competitive in a worldwide economy. Some of the brightest and best minds in America are those of immigrants who excel in the sciences, medicine, research, and entrepreneurship. At the other end of the spectrum, many immigrants are willing to do work that Americans will not do.

·Immigration reform is desperately needed. The present system is old and cannot meet the needs of the day. Unfortunately, leaders in both political parties have thus far lacked the courage to take on the job.

·We need a system that is fair and just, that meets the needs of legal immigrants, and makes a path to citizenship for the 12 million illegals presently living here.

·Our Lord Jesus Christ was an immigrant. In order to escape a brutal political system, his parents took him to a safe country. Jesus grew up in a foreign land, away from his relatives, among people who spoke a different language. He knew what it was like to be an immigrant, and he requires us to treat immigrants with love and compassion.

  About the author: Dr. Robert Wilkerson is a minister and Christian writer. He is president of People For the Christian Way, a nonprofit organization that advocates for the use of Christian principles and ethics in all areas of life. He can be reached at drbobwilkerson[at]

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