|Because God calls us to care about others:
Missions & Social Justice Team is offering education information about how our faith connects to various social concerns. Each month they will focus on a specific topic and each week will focus on a different faith lens to view that topic. This month is Immigration and Global Migration.
What does the Bible say?
When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus 19:33-34)
I <Jesus> was a stranger and you welcomed me. (Matthew 25: 12:24b-26a)
What does the United Methodist Church Say?
Throughout Scripture the people of God are called to love sojourners in our midst, treating them “as if they were one of your citizens” and loving them as we do ourselves (Lev. 19:33-34)…Welcoming the migrant is not only an act of mission: it is an opportunity to receive God’s grace…We call upon all United Methodist churches to welcome newly arriving migrants in their communities, to love them as we do ourselves, to treat them as one of our native-born, to see in them the presence of the incarnated Jesus, and to show hospitality to the migrants in our midst, believing that through their presence we are receiving the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. (2016 Book of Resolutions, #3281, “Welcoming the Migrant to the US”)
What do the facts say?
In 2012 alone, the U.S. spent more than $18 billion on immigration enforcement, more than all other federal law enforcement agencies combined.
The Social Security Administration reports that unauthorized immigrants contribute $13 billion in payroll taxes annually.
What do you say?
Take ACTION for justice
Join a Rapid Response Team in your conference! Teams are made up of people passionate about creating welcoming congregations and mobilizing church and conference to advocate for just and humane immigration reform. Email Jeania Ree Moore for details! firstname.lastname@example.org
See the complete Faith & Facts cards here: https://www.umcjustice.org/documents/33 and https://www.umcjustice.org/documents/17