America is a nation of immigrants and has been since its inception. In the early days, the colonists were overwhelmingly British and thus the English language became foundational for our culture. But as America continued to grow, immigrants came from European nations all across the continent of Europe. In the middle of the 1800s, around the time of the Civil War when Lincoln was leading the nation in building the Transatlantic Railroad, many Asians began to immigrate to America—mostly Chinese, who were building the railroad. Hispanics have always been a part of the immigration process here in America, and of course, we know immigrants come from every part of the world in hopes of finding that elusive “American Dream.”
There are many political battles being fought along the lines of immigration, and granted, the huge growth of illegal immigrants is becoming more of a challenge to the United States. Immigration reform is desperately needed from our government leaders. Yet, God’s Word tells us that when a stranger (immigrant) is living in our land, we are to do them no wrong. In fact, He goes on to say that we are to love them as we love ourselves. The rules of the land will be enforced by those who are in a government position of authority to do so, yet our job is to simply love them, care for them, and treat them fairly.
For the church, God has brought the mission field to our communities, and we have Good News to share with each and every immigrant. God loves them just as He loves us. He sent His Son to die for their sins, just as He did for us. He offers them salvation and eternal life, just as He does for us. No matter what your politics, if you’re a Christian, we are most of all, to share the Good News of Jesus and His love to every immigrant, legal or illegal. After all, when Jesus was an immigrant in Egypt, I’m sure He and his parents appreciated the Egyptians who cared for them!