I AM A CHRISTIAN. As a Christian, I have seen men who profess the name of God and the love of Christ spill vitriol and malice regarding immigrants or “strangers” among us. So you ask the question, “How can such men profess to be Christians?” I have asked as well.
We hear the rhetoric about immigrants and we ask, “How can this be the love of Christ?” We read the reports of abuse and even rape of immigrants who are afraid to report their perpetrators, lest they are arrested by ICE agents. All the while we see people who profess their faith in God standing by indifference. You ask yourself, “What kind of God are they are serving?” I too, have asked the same question.
Immigrants, God, and Christianity
We watched as one of the most well-known Christians in America proclaimed, “Immigration is not a Biblical issue.” No doubt you were shocked at such a statement, and honestly, so was I. You have seen Christians chanting to deport men, women, and children, regardless of their poverty, age, or even their faith. Certainly, this is not the love of Christ.
If you have experienced fear, trepidation, or dismay at this type of thinking, I apologize. As Christians, we should ask God to forgive those who do not know that they should ask God to forgive them. That is why the Bible says that we should pray for each other.
Christ of the Bible
Let me tell you about the love of Christ; about the One who was despised, rejected and alienated in a foreign land. Allow me to tell you about the One who was in love with the poor and downtrodden. May I tell you about the One who said, “True religion is to care for the orphan and the widow,” and “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God” (Matthew 19:24). God’s people were once strangers in the land of Egypt. Therefore, we should treat strangers among us with respect. Be assured that Christ loves you dearly, and so do I. There is a special place in God’s heart for poor, disenfranchised immigrants who are merely searching for a better life.
Do not allow those around you to mar your image of Christ and Christianity. The God I serve, the God as portrayed in scripture, loves the immigrant, the alien, dearly. Imagine with me, if you knew that you were not a criminal with ill intent, but you were fleeing ICE agents, fearful; not knowing how you would eat in the morning, searching for a kind stranger to take you in. I can assure you if Jesus yet walked the earth, and you came to His home, He would feed you and take you in. And you know what? So would I.