The Christian Post Press Items
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"As evangelicals, we don't believe there are second class images of God, and therefore we don't believe in a second class status for people who are willing to follow and earned path for citizenship," said the Rev. Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners, which is part of the EIT.
"As evangelicals, we don't believe there are second class images of God, and therefore we don't believe in a second class status for people who are willing to follow and earned path for citizenship," said the Rev. Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners, which is part of the Evangelical Immigration Table.
Sojourners CEO, Jim Wallis, said that from a faith-based perspective, the government was failing to fulfill the role God had laid out for it.
"The Bible sees the role of government to protect from evil and promote the good, especially helping and protecting the poorest and most vulnerable people. To protect the common good and the most vulnerable is being denied as the role of government by those who are so eager to push for the brinkmanship of one government crisis and confrontation after another," Wallis said as he participated in a press conference with several of the letter's signatories this morning.
As long as progress is made toward reforming the United States' immigration system, members of the Evangelical Immigration Table are not disturbed at Speaker of the House John Boehner's announcement that the House would not take up the Senate bill, they said Tuesday on a press call.
The Evangelical Immigration Table is planning a number of events bringing attention to immigration reform to coincide with next week's vote in the U.S. Senate for an immigration reform bill. Events will include letter writing, a week of prayer, and a mobile billboard in Washington, D.C.
This year hundreds of evangelical Christians from across the country gathered in Washington, D.C. to worship, pray, and advocate for immigration reform. This advocacy effort was organized by a diverse coalition of evangelical pastors called the Evangelical Immigration Table, as part of an effort to unite evangelicals around immigration solutions based on Biblical values.
In the same press call, Jim Wallis, president and CEO of the Christian ministry Sojourners, commented, "How we treat the stranger is how we treat Christ himself. That message is converting evangelicals by the thousands, by the millions – and we've seen now how that conversation is changing politics."
"At our church in Illinois we have seen the power of scripture to transform people's thinking on this issue but we've also seen the power of relationships, building community and through ministry," said Hybels during a press call hosted by the Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT) on Thursday.
Evangelical left leader Jim Wallis and Republican Congressman Frank Wolf (Va.) discussed how politics can serve the common good at a Thursday panel at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. While the panel was called, "Competing Visions of the Common Good: Rethinking Help for the Poor," Wallis and Wolf talked more about where they found common ground than where their visions were in competition.