By Alan Bean
Last night at Waco’s Calvary Baptist Church, Friends of Justice sponsored a worship “God’s Heart Toward Immigrants”, an ecumenical worship service that brought Christians from Anglo, Latino and African American congregations into one place to consider what the Bible has to say about immigration. A lot, it turns out. For those with eyes to see, the Bible is bursting with clear, radical, uncompromising instruction that leaves little to the imagination. Here are links to the NBC story and the write up in the Baylor University Lariat. Below I have pasted the text of the sermon I preached at this event. It quickly became obvious that a good portion of the 140 people gathered in the Calvary sanctuary spoke little English, so a local pastor volunteered to translate as I preached. After the service, people told me they had never heard a sermon like that before. One day, I pray, these sentiments will not seem unusual.
A Common Peace Community
The last time I preached in Waco we talked about the ancient confession imbedded in the book of Deuteronomy:
“A wandering Aramean was my father; he went down into Egypt and lived there as an alien, few in number, and there he became a great nation, mighty and populous.” (more…)