Immigration Reform: Another Christian View. Such was the title of Alan Wisdom’s guest editorial in Christianity Today on July 13, 2010. As if a plurality of “Christian” perspectives are possible, and that one can just pick and choose verses in the Scriptures to support one’s preconceived notions. Sensing the bias of the article, it is not a surprise that Romans 13 and 1 Peter 2 are cited almost immediately after attempting to discredit the relevance of Old Testament passages that urge God’s people to welcome strangers.
In contrast, participants in the Evangelical Leaders Forum on Immigration last Friday, September 24th, were reminded that true Christians ought to allow their perspectives to be shaped by the whole Word of God, from Genesis to Revelation. The Evangelical Forum on Immigration was sponsored by the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), World Relief, and The Wesleyan Church. Current church leaders had the opportunity to hear biblical perspective on immigration as well as ask tough questions about the controversial issue on the forefront of American politics and discussions.