Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Colorado evangelical leaders head to Washington, D.C.

Posted By on Tue, Apr 16, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Will Stoller-Lee
  • Will Stoller-Lee

Christian leaders from across the nation plan to be in Washington, D.C. tomorrow. They'll attend an Evangelical Day of Prayer and Action on Immigration Reform, which is being billed as an "unprecedented, nationwide evangelical gathering on immigration will show a unified evangelical voice echoing a biblical vision for immigration reform that respects the rule of law, reunites families and upholds human dignity."

A number of influential evangelicals, including the Southern Baptist Convention's Richard Land and Jim Daly of Focus on the Family, have broken with their allies on the Right to advocate a more humane approach to the starving people who risk their lives to come to this country to wash our dishes and pick our fruit.

According to the Colorado Evangelical Immigration Table, the state branch of a nationwide reform effort we wrote about last June, a number of Coloradans will be in D.C. tomorrow for the rally.

On that list of evangelicals are Colorado Springs' Yolie Lalama of One Child Matters, and Fuller Theological Seminary director Will Stoller-Lee.

We first interviewed Stoller-Lee for a story that examined the Christian responsibility when dealing with the immigrant; and how far the Republican Party has strayed from that calling, despite its touting of the cross.

Here's what Stoller-Lee told us in 2011:

"The Bible is pretty honest about the issue of immigration," notes Stoller-Lee. "God's people have been exiles a lot. It is the story of the exodus. Shortly after Jesus is born, his young family is forced into exile. It's not like this is a minor theme."

Throughout the Old Testament, God instructs the Israelites to be kind to the immigrant. In Leviticus, as in Exodus and Deuteronomy, God is clear that "when a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt."

And here is his recent statement on the current immigration reform being debated in Congress:

As the Director of Fuller Theological Seminary in Colorado Springs I will be joining a group of pastors and ministry leaders from Colorado attending the Evangelical Day of Prayer and Action for Immigration Reform on April 17th in Washington, DC. I am looking forward to meeting with Rep. Doug Lamborn and other members of the Colorado delegation to encourage them to work together toward a truly bipartisan solution. The tone of this divisive debate has changed significantly in the past 6 months as business leaders and politicians have looked for constructive ways to work together on a political solution that is both just and compassionate. At the same time this is a justice issue that demands that people of faith reflect biblically and prayerfully on the how to welcome a new generation of immigrants to our society, and our churches. I began this process by reading through scriptures as part of the "I Was a Stranger" campaign. In the process I have discovered a new group of brothers and sisters who have enriched my journey of faith.

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