May 12, 2009

WE'RE STRANGERS HERE OURSELVES:

What to Do with the Stranger?: Two evangelicals argue for more generous immigration policies.: Welcoming the Stranger By Matthew Soerens and Jenny Hwang (Tony Carnes, 5/11/2009, Christianity Today)

I had an intense reaction to Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion and Truth in the Immigration Debate (InterVarsity Press) because my great-grandfather, born in England, may not have informed the U.S. government that he had arrived on American soil. He traveled by Conestoga wagon to Texas and became a successful rancher. And some years later, my dad assigned me to work alongside Mexican illegals on a farm crew.

So how could I not love this book from Matthew Soerens and Jenny Hwang, who are involved in immigration work through World Relief? They advocate a generous, biblically based invitation to all immigrants to take part in America. [...]

Welcoming the Stranger also examines the immigration narrative of God's own people: Abraham, an immigrant; Joseph, a slave, then an immigrant success story; Moses, the emigration advocate; Jesus, the immigrant from heaven and refugee to Egypt; and the migrating apostles, traveling at will and getting into trouble.

From a biblical point of view, Soerens and Hwang argue cogently for greater immigration.


Posted by Orrin Judd at May 12, 2009 5:49 AM
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