Illegal immigrants and outreach missions

This is another conundrum:┬áthe church I fellowship seeks to reach the illegal immigrant population, as well as the few legal ones, for Christ. However, I have come to the realization why this may be a harder than usual missional venture. If these people come to faith in Christ Jesus, won’t they also, in order to obey the scripture, have to return to their homeland and apply for citizenship there? I mean, illegal is illegal, and just as we expect the newly converted to stop lying, stealing, fornicating and cheating can we overlook these people and their lawless entry into America?

Peter tells us ” Be subject to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether to the king, as supreme; or unto governors, as sent by him for vengeance on evil-doers and for praise to them that do well. For so is the will of God, that by well-doing ye should put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: as free, and not using your freedom for a cloak of wickedness, but as bondservants of God.” (1 Peter 2:13-16 ASV)

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by memnan on October 6, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Our commission is outreach…the Holy Spirit’s…conviction…I don’t think we are asked to determine who is worthy to be helped…we just follow the unction of the Spirit…learning to listen keeps us from futile efforts…but, if we make a mistake in this area and help even if we are not specifically led to do so…we have still been a blessing and will in no way lose our reward.

    I also would think that the Holy Spirit would convict these immigrants to return home and seek legal means of provision. …However, every story is different, we can’t know how desperate the situation that caused them to leave their homes was…only God knows that.

  2. Well said Nancy! It just struck me strange, especially after I found out a Hispanic mission my congregation supported gave up after finding out that every illegal immigrant family they worked with abandoned Bible studies and coming to church once they found a job and a place to stay. I considered the legal side of this to be a great stumbling block for these folk.

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