ICYMI: Evangelical Leaders Call for Compassion at Border

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ICYMI: Evangelical Leaders Call for Compassion at Border

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the U.S. government considers further responses to Central American children along our borders, evangelical leaders are urging a compassionate and just response.

“As a former Texan, my heart goes to the border of Texas. As a born-again Christian, the Gospel of Jesus Christ calls me to compassionate action for those who are suffering right now as a result of the immigration crisis, especially the children,” wrote Ronnie Floyd, President of the Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of the multi-campus Cross Church in northwest Arkansas. His Friday Baptist Press op-ed continues, “This is an emergency situation that requires the best of each of us in America … The Gospel of Jesus Christ moves me to call on all of us to demonstrate compassionate action toward the immigrant.”

And Dr. Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, wrote Sunday on his blog, “The gospel doesn’t fill in for us on the details on how we can simultaneously balance border security and respect for human life in this case. But the gospel does tell us that our instinct ought to be one of compassion toward those in need, not disgust or anger.” (Also posted in Spanish.)

Meanwhile, Rev. Gabriel Salguero, President of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition and Pastor of The Lamb’s Church in New York, wrote Tuesday in TIME, “Legislative inaction has too high a cost. And when [immigrants] come to our shores seeking refuge from the tempest-tossed realities of violence and poverty, we cannot allow screaming crowds to be the voice of who we are as a people.”

Last but not least, Félix Cabrera, Hispanic pastor at Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, wrote Friday on the influential site The Gospel Coalition, “As a church, we are not called to condemn or to despise these children, even if they have broken the law. From my humble point of view, these children should be treated as refugees. For those of us who call ourselves Christians, the Bible tells us to welcome the stranger.” (Also available in Spanish.)

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