At Least We Got Something Right: The SBC Stands With Immigrants

The Convention leaders may have invited a politician to turn portion of the annual meeting into a campaign rally, but Messengers affirmed immigrants at the same meeting.

Representatives of the Southern Baptist Convention, America’s largest evangelical bloc, overwhelmingly passed a resolution in favor of immigration reform — and affirming the dignity of immigrants — at their annual meeting this week.

“Longings to protect one’s family from warfare, violence, disease, extreme poverty, and other destitute conditions are universal, driving millions of people to leave their homelands to seek a better life for themselves, their children, and their grandchildren,” reads the resolution. It continues:

God commands His people to treat immigrants with the same respect and dignity as those native born … we desire to see immigration reform include an emphasis on securing our borders and providing a pathway to legal status with appropriate restitutionary measures, maintaining the priority of family unity, resulting in an efficient immigration system that honors the value and dignity of those seeking a better life for themselves and their families … any form of nativism, mistreatment, or exploitation is inconsistent with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The vote appears to be a strong rebuke to the nativist immigration policies of the Trump administration.

“I am grateful for the strong, unanimous vote of the Southern Baptist Convention in support of our immigrant neighbors and brothers and sisters in Christ,” said Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and a longtime critic of the Trump administration, in a statement emailed to journalists.

So good for us.