The Immigration Debate

We need to engage both heart and mind to resolve America’s problem with illegal immigration.

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Overview

America is a nation of immigrants. The United States has for centuries offered freedom and opportunity to beleaguered people from around the world. But the influx of many illegal immigrants demands a response from the nation’s political leaders. Should these people who flouted the law be deported? Should they become citizens? Can the government write new laws that balance the need for labor and still control the nation’s borders? A Christianity Today editorial argues that wise policy will meet these concerns and welcome immigrants, many of whom display tremendous courage and faith.

This study asks: How does stereotyping obscure Christian love? What kind of guidance does the Bible give about immigration? What is God’s standard for loving strangers? How does the Bible guide public policy?

Table of Contents

SCRIPTURE: Genesis 18:1–8; Leviticus 19:33–34; Matthew 25:35–41; Luke 10:30–37; Romans 13:1–5; Hebrews 11:13

LEADER'S GUIDE

    • Identify the Current Issue

    • Discover the Eternal Principles

Teaching point one: Stereotyping obscures Christian love.
Teaching point two: The Bible tells many immigration stories.
Teaching point three: God calls us to love others as we love him and ourselves.
Teaching point four: Scripture does not necessarily translate into public policy.
    • Apply Your Findings

    • Recommended Resources

ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY

    • "Blessed Are the Courageous," a Christianity Today editorial (2006, 12 printed pages)

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