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#Pray4Reform Movement: an Unprecedented Push By Evangelical Leaders for Immigration Reform

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The Evangelical Immigration Table, a group of Evangelical Christian leaders that includes both conservatives and progressives, left Washington, DC late last month following Day of Prayer and Action to press leaders in congress, especially the House of Representatives, to follow through on broad immigration reform. The event was part of the group's trending #pray4reform campaign, calling on the nation to pray that Congress find a bipartisan solution on immigration that:

 

  • Respects the God-given dignity of every person
  • Protects the unity of the immediate family
  • Respects the rule of law
  • Guarantees secure national borders
  • Ensures fairness to taxpayers
  • Establishes a path toward legal status and/or citizenship for those who qualify and who wish to become permanent residents

 

The group notes that "75 percent of evangelicals have expressed support for broad reform that includes the opportunity for aspiring Americans to earn citizenship — alongside border security and other important elements."

 

Speaking on the Day of Prayer and Action, Dr. Russell Moore, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention stated that as Christian Evangelical leaders, they "are speaking to the consciences of our lawmakers," about an issue that is not merely political, but also personal, requiring prayers for justice and compassion, wisdom and mercy.

 

Over the course of the day, over 300 participants from churches across the country spoke with over 110 congressional offices, most of them Republican, "about the urgency for broad reform,"


Evangelical leaders across the US also submitted Op-Eds to local and regional news publications.

 

In a July 22 Washington Times op-ed, Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, said "immigration reform will revitalize us as a nation, economically but also morally."  

 

National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference President Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, Politico Op-Ed held that "The Bible speaks clearly and repeatedly to our obligation to uphold the rule of law and expect the government to enforce the law.  But we also are called to care for “the least of these among us,” to act justly and mercifully toward the 'stranger.'"



Regent University President Dr. Carlos Campo made the case in Virginian-Pilot that "Our rotten immigration laws dishonor the human dignity of our neighbors," as well as "leave some 11 million people in social limbo, a subculture vulnerable to crime and other exploitation, even as most of them work hard and contribute to our communities."

 

Revs. Jim Goodroe and Anthony Casey wrote in in the Greenville (S.C.) Newsthat "immigrants in our communities are not strangers. Rather, they have become a part of our church families."

 

What You Can Do

You can sign up to join the #Pray4Reform movement, as well as follow the action on Twitter and Facebook.

 

You can also attend, or pray for, a town hall event for your Congressional representative during the August recess.  Pray4Reform has provided this list of August Town Hall events in every state.

 

The group has asked for the following prayers for town hall meetings:

  1. That constituents will be respectful as they share their views and listen to one another;
  2. That Representatives will gain new insights into the needs of their districts, including the urgency of reforming our broken immigration system.
  3. That God will be honored through the witness of evangelical constituents at these events.

 

From Sojourners about the Day of Prayer and Action: