The Common Good

Evangelicals Use Bible to Champion Immigration Reform

Source: PBS
Date: February 1, 2013

National evangelical leaders are coming together in an expansive grassroots effort to pass bipartisan immigration reform, including an easier path to citizenship. These leaders hope to change many evangelicals' minds about immigration through theology.

The most recent push is this glossy video of nationally recognized evangelical leaders urging and challenging their communities to read selected Bible verses about immigration and reconsider any hostility towards immigrants. In the video, the leaders read Matthew 25, the cornerstone passage of the movement.

"There are an estimated 12 million undocumented people who fall into the biblical characteristic of a stranger and how you treat them is how you treat Jesus. That's powerful," Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners and a leader of the coalition, told PBS NewsHour.