Matthew Soerens of World Relief and the Evangelical Immigration Table joins me today on the podcast to talk about immigration from a biblical perspective. Welcoming the Stranger, one of the books Matt co-authored on the subject, was recently released in a revised and updated edition in order to stay current with the laws and policies that have changed since it was first published in 2009. As Matt discusses in this conversation, the chapter of the book that focuses specifically on the topic of thinking biblically about the subject was the part of the text that remained largely unchanged.
The trend for self-proclaimed evangelicals in America is that the information influencing our thoughts most on this controversial topic come, not from the Scriptures, but from other sources like the media. Matt argues the Bible has a ton to say about this topic and that we, as followers of Jesus, really should be listening more intently from this sacred source.
This episode is full of important information for us to use as we explore our role in welcoming people as God instructs us to do.
Connect with Matt on Twitter @MatthewSoerens
Mentioned in this episode:
Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion, and Truth in the Immigration Debate by Matthew Soerens, Jenny Yang and Leith Anderson
The Bible and Borders: Hearing God’s Word on Immigration by M. Daniel Carroll R.
Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible by M. Daniel Carroll R.
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