The Common Good

CBF pastor seeks immigration reform

Date: July 24, 2013

Jim Wallis of Sojourners, a leader in the broad-based Evangelical Immigration Table that coordinated the Pray4Reform Day of Prayer and Action, said evangelicals have been “converted” on the immigration issue by the Scriptures, the witness of Hispanic brothers and sisters in Christ and “the future of the church.”

“They can’t deport the future of the church,” Wallis said. “So now we go to convert the Congress.”

Long involved in political advocacy, Wallis said politicians have a difficult time taking risks. “Today is the day to replace political fear with personal faith,” he admonished.

They like to go slow and take things step-by-step over a course of years, he said. “Time has run out,” Wallis said. “It’s time to do the right thing.”

“We want to convey a message of moral urgency,” Wallis said. “Keeping children with their parents for us is an issue of moral urgency. When people can’t get the critical health care they need or are afraid for their lives because they can’t go to the police, that is an issue, for us, of moral urgency. When we see … that how we respond to 11 million people is how we respond to Jesus himself, and we will be held accountable for how we respond, that is an issue of moral urgency.”