This podcast was recorded at the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s 2017 Annual Meeting and focuses on a biblical perspective to immigration. Among Christians across the country, discussion and debate on the issue of immigration abound. But what does the Bible say? Through the Great Commission, churches are called to become engaged and reach all people groups with the message of Christ, including those whom God is drawing unto Himself through the means of immigration and refugee status. Amaury Santos and Larry Phillips explore practical applications to immigration services and ministries from a biblical point of view.
Here is an excerpt from this podcast:
Calling the church to see immigrants and refugees through His eyes. We usually don’t see immigration as an issue for us as Christians. Let me explain what I mean by that. We say we love the immigrants, but this is a very complex issue, very intricate. We are dealing with people who are very likely breaking the law and as people of faith, Romans 13 is very clear. You need to obey the authorities established by God. People are breaking the law, they are illegal, and we as a church don’t want to send that kind of message to the community or get our churches involved with that kind of behavior or in some way saying that it’s OK. So we hesitate, we wash our hands and say we’ll let the government deal with that stuff. We’re not immigration lawyers. We don’t understand this issue completely. Not everyone will have that attitude, but a lot of people do have that attitude; they want to be biblical and want to do the right thing. They have nothing against the immigrants, nothing personal, just want to be according to the law, what the law says, and stay away from that issue. I hope to show you that we don’t have that choice. Biblically speaking, we are called to get engaged. Jesus commanded us to make disciples of all nations. God is at work through migration in multiple directions. Many immigrants are already strong believers who become aliens of mission. The command from the Great Commission is to reach all nations; there are no qualifying things there that say you reach this kind or that kind. It was to reach all people groups with the message of Christ. And that was part of God’s plan from the very beginning.
Strategic Focus Team / Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
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