Praying for immigration reform, literally
January 29th, 2013
02:18 PM ET
1 year ago

Praying for immigration reform, literally

Washington (CNN) – Evangelical advocates for immigration reform are taking a page from the New Testament, specifically the Book of Matthew.

An organization called the Evangelical Immigration Table has organized 193 churches and ministries in 39 states and the District of Columbia to hold a prayer challenge in support of immigration reform, according to the group. The Table does not endorse a Republican or Democratic immigration reform policy, but simply asks congregants to consider Christian principles as they think about the lives of undocumented immigrants.

The program, called "I was a stranger," includes an excerpt from the Book of Matthew in which individuals who help those in need are rewarded with eternal life and those who do not receive eternal punishment.

"Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me," the chapter of Matthews reads.

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The group is part of a larger effort by the National Immigration Forum, a coalition working with law enforcement, business and Evangelical Christians to advocate for immigration reform. Richard Land, a leading Evangelical and president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, is part of that effort.

The executive director of the group said they plan to announce a network of conservative and moderate voices in the coming weeks as the conversation surrounding immigration reform continues. The group will tentatively be called "Bibles, Badges and Business."


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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Randy, San Francisco

    Time for politiicians from both sides of the aisle to stand together on moral high ground and pass comprehensive immigration reform. It won't be easy in the face of a determined and angry opposition but it is the right thing to do.

    January 29, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    To ALL Latinos out there (legal, illegal and somewhere in between) the rethugs don't like "your" kind unless you a taking cared of their babies, their lawn or cleaning office buildings for pennies along with long hours.
    This phony snake oil sale "of love" now is because the President (I.e., Democrats) can take over 70% of the Hispanic votes from the par of he11 no!!!

    January 29, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    I know they mean well, but I think it would be better for our politics for religious groups to simply stay out of it.

    January 29, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    Rubio had to crawl to Rush to get his approval. yuk. Rubio is not a man - he's a sniveling idiot.

    January 29, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |