One Church’s Journey on Immigration
For the past 10 years, our church has been on a journey, trying to understand how the gospel should shape our response to the contentious issue of immigration.
Redemption Church is a multi-congregational church in metropolitan Phoenix that seeks to show that “All of Life Is All for Jesus.” The issue of immigration is almost unavoidable for a church in Arizona that strives to be “gospel-centered” and “outward-focused.”
Immigration has presented incredible opportunities and complex questions. We have asked questions like:
- What does it look like to love our immigrant neighbors?
- What does it look like to respect our state and federal government?
- How can we, as a church, seek the shalom of our city?
- What does it look like to glorify God as we engage this issue?
The complexity of these questions has driven us to prayer. We’ve found that God rarely presents us with great opportunities without mixing them with significant challenges. This seems to be God’s recipe for keeping us dependent, for apart from him we can do nothing (John 15:5).