The Common Good

Editorial: It’s time to embrace the ‘stranger’

Date: February 22, 2013

Call it a heavenly trifecta: U.S. Christians can take advantage of a rare opportunity to simultaneously (1) strike a blow for bipartisanship in Washington, (2) strengthen the nation’s current and future economies and (3) stand up for the human rights of people Jesus would include among “the least of these” throughout the land.

We can advocate for immigration reform.

Richard Land, head of the conservative Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and progressives like Sojourners founder Jim Wallis joined to support an initiative called the Evangelical Immigration Table. That group demands a two-party solution to the immigration dilemma and calls for a solution that affirms “the God-given dignity of every person.”