“The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.”
“He enacts justice for orphans and widows, and he loves immigrants, giving them food and clothing. That means you must also love immigrants because you were immigrants in Egypt.”
“Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor, and do not plot evil in your hearts against one another.”
“Never take advantage of poor and destitute laborers, whether they are fellow Israelites or foreigners living in your towns.”
“Thus says the Lord: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place. ”
“Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.”
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.”
“Don’t mistreat or oppress an immigrant, because you were once immigrants in the land of Egypt.”
“For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in.”
“Cursed is anyone who withholds justice from the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow. Then all the people shall say, 'Amen!'”
“And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.”
“When a foreigner lives with you in your land, you must not oppress him. You must regard the foreigner who lives with you as the native-born among you. You are to love him as yourself, for you were foreigners in the land of Egypt; I am Yahweh your God.”
Who We Are
The Evangelical Immigration Table is a broad coalition of evangelical organizations and leaders advocating for immigration reform consistent with biblical values.Learn more about the table
Evangelical statement of Principlesfor immigration reform
Our national immigration laws have created a moral, economic and political crisis in America. Initiatives to remedy this crisis have led to polarization and name calling in which opponents have misrepresented each other’s positions as open borders and amnesty versus deportations of millions. This false choice has led to an unacceptable political stalemate at the federal level at a tragic human cost.
We urge our nation’s leaders to work together with the American people to pass immigration reform that embodies these key principles and that will make our nation proud.
As evangelical Christian leaders, we call for a bipartisan solution on immigration that:
- Respects the God-given dignity of every person
- Protects the unity of the immediate family
- Respects the rule of law
- Guarantees secure national borders
- Ensures fairness to taxpayers
- Establishes a path toward legal status and/or citizenship for those who qualify and who wish to become permanent residents
Sign the Principles
- Jim Daly, President and CEO, Focus on the Family
- William A. Roberts, National Commander, Salvation Army
- Wilfredo de Jesus, Senior Pastor, New Life Covenant Church (Chicago, IL)
- JoAnne Lyon, General Superintendent, The Wesleyan Church
- Luis Palau, Founder and CEO, Luis Palau Association
- Bill and Lynne Hybels, Founders, Willow Creek Community Church
- Kenton Beshore, Senior Pastor, Mariners Church (Irvine, CA)
- Max Lucado, Teaching Pastor, Oak Hills Church (San Antonio, TX)
- George Wood, General Superintendent, Assemblies of God
“The Stranger” is a 40-minute documentary film commissioned by the Evangelical Immigration Table and produced by Emmy-award winning producer Linda Midgett. The Stranger profiles three immigrant stories and includes interviews with local and national Christian leaders. Get your free copy of the film.
As Christians, we are specifically called to pray “for kings and all those in authority” (1 Timothy 2:1-2). That command applies whether we voted for a particular legislator or not. As Bible teacher Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner says, “There is a direct relationship between the kind of planet we live in and how often we talk to God about leaders. Their decisions can bring joy or conflict; peace or pain; poverty or prosperity to us. To put it another way, we have the kind of leaders we pray for!”
Will you join us in prayer for immigrants, for Congress, and for our country?
Statements and Press Releases
- 07/22/14 - Letter Urges Congress: Protect Vulnerable Children, Respond with Funding
- 06/24/14 - Evangelical Leaders to House Members: ‘We’re Not Going Anywhere’ on Immigration Reform
- 06/12/14 - Evangelical Leaders Announce Letter Pressing House Leadership for Action
- 7/18/13 – Is Immigration Reform Dead? Not if Evangelicals Can Do Anything About It - The Atlantic
- 4/13/13 – For Evangelicals, A Shift in Views on Immigration - NY Times
- 4/17/13 – Preaching Immigration Reform — World Magazine
- Bill Hybels and Heather Larson of Willow Creek Community Church interview author Matthew Soerens about the issue of immigration
- Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible, by M. Daniel Carroll
- Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate, by Matthew Soerens and Jenny Hwang Yang
Send us your story
We want to hear from you! Please let us know how the issue of immigration affects you, your church, and your community. Your stories guide our prayers and our advocacy.
G92 is a culture-shaping movement seeking to equip the next generation of Christian leaders for an effective, biblical response to immigration. G92 began at Cedarville University in October of 2011. It takes its name from the ninety-two references to the ger—the immigrant, in Hebrew—in the Old Testament. Students, faculty, and administrators at Cedarville joined together with individuals from about twenty other colleges and universities to hear biblical teaching, to raise awareness about the realities of immigration, and to equip Christian college students across the country to learn from, minister to, and advocate with immigrant communities.
G92 has now grown into a student movement that seeks to understand and respond to the challenges and opportunities of immigration in ways consistent with biblical values of justice, compassion, and hospitality. The G92 movement includes regular conferences, student groups on various campuses, and g92.org which includes resources for campus groups, conference information and registration, videos, and a regularly updated blog.