Strangers and Citizens

Christ Covenant Church in Mesquite is — deliberately and intentionally — a cross-cultural community. That means we are a community made up of people from different cultures and backgrounds; it also means we are a community whose culture is shaped by the cross of Christ.

As a pastor of this cross-cultural, bi-lingual congregation, I have the privilege of living, moving, and serving between two worlds daily. Over the past couple of weeks I have visited with several Hispanic people — immigrants and citizens — both inside and outside our congregation. The word on the street is that the President’s executive orders on immigration have shaken things up in a variety of ways.

Whatever you make of his executive orders, they are affecting (directly and indirectly) some people we know and love — people who are one with us in Christ, who meet with us at the Lord’s Table each week, who need to know Christ as Lord and Savior just as we do. 

Whether a person is documented or not, or a US citizen or not, there is a growing sense of restlessness among the Hispanic community in our area. Many now fear that to be Hispanic makes them a public nuisance or an unwelcome enemy in the eyes of some Anglo/non-Hispanic Americans. This should not be.

The gospel requires us to love, serve, and welcome the stranger in our midst, often in ways that transcend politics. That is the very thing we strive to do as a congregation, but we must not let up now nor get too comfy and cozy in this land.

We are a cross-cultural community. Like our forefathers, we are called to walk as strangers and exiles in this world, and to walk as citizens of the world to come.

I mention all this to you to remind you of your high calling in Christ and to request your prayers on behalf our Hispanic brothers and sisters — and their many friends and ours — that God will grant them wisdom from above, grace from his word, and power from his Spirit, in these difficult times.

And let us pray for our President, Congress, Governors, and all those in authority, that they may come up with peaceful and merciful solutions to this complex problem.

Finally, I want to thank you all for loving all our Hispanic brothers, sisters, and friends so well — and for welcoming them even as Christ welcomes you. This love and unity are true marks of the followers of Jesus Christ.

May God’s love be with you always,

Pastor Marq


Helpful Links:

Is It Right to Love Illegals?

Immigration and PCA Perspectives

What If Immigrants are the Answer to our Prayers?

Scripture and Immigration

Immigration Legal Services / Know Your Rights

Half of Hispanic Christians Worry about Deportation Under Trump

image: source unknown. Saltillo, Mexico

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