Chuck Colson

Now, this does not mean that Christians ought not to be concerned about the massive lawbreaking, by both illegal immigrants and those who employ them. We must! The rule of law is a Christian contribution, coming out of the Reformation, and it requires respect for law, just as the Bible does. Nor does it mean that there’s one particular immigration proposal that Christians ought to be supporting.

What it does mean is that Christians must work to see that the immigration debate generates light instead of heat. We must insist that the illegal-immigration issue be addressed without treating millions of Americans, many of whom have died protecting our country, as a kind of fifth column.

That is the very least we can do if we are obedient to God’s command to welcome strangers. And that’s a fact I got from the highest possible Source.

For further reading and information:


T. M. Moore, “Strangers in Our Midst,” BreakPoint Online, 26 April 2006.

Just the Facts—Updated,” Borderline blog, 4 May 2006.

Tim Cavanaugh, “Borders without visas,” Los Angeles Times, 23 May 2006.

Bill O. Hing, “Republican Immigration Reform Strategy Memo,” ImmigrationProf blog, 1 June 2006.

Modes of Entry for the Unauthorized Migrant Population,” Pew Hispanic Center, 22 May 2006.

BreakPoint Commentary No. 060411, “Illegal Immigration: The Real Root of the Problem.”

BreakPoint Commentary No. 060508, “Illegal Immigration: A Biblical Perspective.”

Chuck Colson

Chuck Colson was the Chief Counsel for Richard Nixon and served time in prison for Watergate-related charges. In 1976, Colson founded Prison Fellowship Ministries, which, in collaboration with churches of all confessions and denominations, has become the world's largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, crime victims, and their families.
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