'Religion Is This ... To Look After Orphans and Widows in Their Distress'

James 1:27 clearly states "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress ..." Yet Attorney General Jeff Sessions perverts the meaning of other biblical verses to justify his horrific treatment of migrant families and migrant children specifically.

Following the signing of the Reclaiming Jesus declaration, multiracial elders from across traditions — including evangelical, mainline Protestant, Roman Catholic, and African-American churches — yesterday spoke out about the horrific border crisis. We spoke out because the Trump administration is abusing Scripture to justify abusing migrant children and their families. We said the separation of immigrant children from their parents is not biblical.

It is now time to morally press our members of Congress to permanently prevent the Trump administration from family separation, to ensure the reunification of separated families, and to demand the humane treatment of families seeking asylum who have yet to commit a crime and have their case adjudicated with empathy and justice.

It is time to cast the light of Jesus on this political crisis.

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another …— 1 John 1:5-7a

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. — John 1:5

So Stand up. Speak Out. Say No. And pray to God that we can be a different people and a different country than this president envisions us being.

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