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"Every Tribe, Tongue, People, and Nation."

“Every Tribe, Tongue, People, and Nation.”

The immigration debate is dividing America. That debate has become rancorous, with strong emotions driving the rhetoric on both sides. The two political parties and the two alternative news purveyors seem entrenched in divergent views. “Facts” are selectively collected to support very different solutions.

The points of emphasis that differ in this great divide are multiple:

  1. A welcoming posture to immigrants versus the need for the rule of law in a hostile world.
  2. Worthy immigrants who will be contributors versus nefarious actors with lawless intent.
  3. Biblical directives for welcoming foreigners, yet biblical support for a proper constraint of law.

While those who govern on Capitol Hill need to work together to fashion a comprehensive immigration policy, ultimately, I don’t put my faith in government, but look to the coming King of kings to bring to our nation and world the justice and peace that only He can bring.

Please know that I am not going political here. Let me take a risk and encourage you to step back from the debate and to think and act “Christianly” from the perspective of Christ’s expanding kingdom. Give some thought to these verses:

  1. Revelation 5:9. Embrace the heart of God. John heard these words from a heavenly song:

And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are You [Jesus] to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.

  1. Micah 6:8 gives our priorities. Both justice and kindness [mercy] matter to God, as we walk with Him.

He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly WITH your God?

  1. 1 Timothy 2:1-5. Intercede for God’s will to be done in government deliberations toward a solution.

First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, Who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

  1. Colossians 3:10-11. Christ’s Kingdom is the only true “melting pot” of brotherly love and unity.

. . . Put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him — a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.

  1. Mark 16:15. Whether folks come here, or we go there (missions), the gospel is still our mandate.

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

  1. Romans 12:18. When engaging with people who differ with you, listen well and love them well.

If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.

You might have a strong opinion about the immigration debate. I respect that. If you would like to “vent” your ideas and feelings, please comment. Yet let’s keep Christ’s Kingdom as our priority and passion.

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