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We Embrace The Outcast. We Welcome The Immigrant.

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3 responses to We Embrace The Outcast. We Welcome The Immigrant.

  1. Don and Leslie–Thank you for your words of admonishment regarding the use of the statement, “We Welcome the Immigrant.” I understand that in today’s politically charged climate, it’s easy for terms like this to be misconstrued. Let me first assure you that The Alliance takes no political view on this issue. The vast majority of those seeking refuge in our country are seeking to escape poverty, violence, and oppression that force them to seek a better life for themselves and their families. The positions expressed by The Alliance regarding the welcoming of immigrants and refugees are solely based on the gospel and on the C&MA’s longstanding posture toward the overlooked and disenfranchised. It was an essential element our founder’s vision as he reached out to the struggling, marginalized immigrant populations in New York City. Let me further assure you that the Alliance has never, nor currently encourages its churches or constituents to act in any way that would constitute a violation of our nation’s current legislation. Having said that, I feel it to be a considerable leap to suggest that the statement, “We Welcome the Immigrant” implies that The Alliance “could be viewed as siding with the political forces and parties who are looking to advance the influx of illegals with the sole purpose of bolstering their ranks and establishing political strongholds that they need to advance their ideologies.” Nothing stated by The Alliance has ever implied this, and I believe it to be a distortion of the intent of the phrase. If, however, I am wrong in that assumption, I welcome the perspective of others. If further clarity is needed regarding the Alliance posture toward refugees and immigrants, I would direct readers to the following link: https://www.cmalliance.org/news/2016/01/21/immigration-refugees-and-a-christian-response/ Contained in this response is the following statement: “While the [Christian Declaration on Caring for Refugees] acknowledges genuine security concerns and encourages governments to be stewards of safety, it also calls Christians to embrace refugees through their denominations, congregations, or other nonprofits by providing for immediate and long-term needs.” In keeping with the clear gospel message, The Alliance remains fully committed to the care of overlooked, displaced, and disenfranchised populations in our own country and throughout the world.

  2. Your statement, “We Welcome the Immigrant” can be construed as that you are encouraging illegal immigration. The Body of Christ MUST welcome EVERYONE. That should, and does, include those who break our laws and enter our country illegally. There are some of us in the CMA who believe that those actions pose a threat to the safety and security of our nation. I urge you to consider issuing a statement declaring that you are in support of LEGAL immigration. If not, you could be viewed as siding with the political forces and parties who are looking to advance the influx of illegals with the sole purpose of bolstering their ranks and establishing political strongholds that they need to advance their ideologies. Such political parties include groups who engage in public mayhem, vandalism, violence, physical attacks on those they disagree with, and domestic terrorism. Please be careful not to give the impression that you are turning the denomination into a political ally of those who engage in the heinous acts described above, and who often demonstrate hatred of the gospel message and biblical truth. In doing so, the day may come that the Bible, in order to be viewed as “acceptable” to those groups, must be in alignment with their worldly and ungodly ideologies, must be reedited to remove what they view as politically incorrect “hate speech,” including Christ’s message of salvation and scriptural definitions of morality.

  3. We need to be clear in this day & age that we welcome the legal immigrants. Never those who enter unlawfully &/or for purposes of causing harm to citizens.

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