IMMIGRATION (2012)

WHEREAS, the church’s interaction and dialogue with the laws and policies of the 
nations of the world must be founded on the Word of the Lord, and the earliest 
Scriptures reveal that every human being is created in the image and likeness of 
God (Genesis 1:26, 27; 5:1); and,
 
WHEREAS, Abraham, Sarah, and the patriarchs “sojourned in the land of promise, as 
in a strange country” (Hebrews 11:9); “confessed that they were strangers and 
pilgrims on the earth” (v. 13); and “when they went from one nation to another, 
from one kingdom to another people, God permitted no one to do them wrong; 
yes, He rebuked kings for their sakes, saying, ‘Do not touch My anointed ones, 
and do My prophets no harm’” (Psalm 105:13-15, NKJV); and,
 
WHEREAS, when Joseph was sold into a foreign country as a slave, God himself 
providentially directed so that: “The king sent and released him, the ruler of 
the people let him go free.  He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his 
possessions, to bind his princes at his pleasure, and teach his elders wisdom” 
(Psalm 105:20-22, NKJV); and,
 
WHEREAS, when God led His people of Israel out of Egypt, He specifically instructed 
them: that they were never to forget that they had been strangers in Egypt 
(Exodus 22:21; Leviticus 19:33, 34); that God “loves the stranger, giving him 
food and clothing”; and said to His redeemed children, “Therefore love the 
stranger” (Deuteronomy 10:18, 19); and,
 
WHEREAS, the Word of truth reveals that the deliverance of the Israelites out of the 
bondage of Egypt was a foreshadowing of the redemption of believers today out 
of the bondage of sin (1 Corinthians 10:1-11); and,
 
WHEREAS, the family of Jesus sought sanctuary in the foreign nation of Egypt when 
Herod determined to kill the child who was born to be the Christ (Matthew 2), and 
Jesus revealed that He will judge His brothers and sisters by his words, “I was a 
stranger, and you took me in,” and, “inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the 
least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me” (Matthew 25:35, 40);
 
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT, the Church of God reaffirms its commitment 
to the following principles of a just process for immigration: “that immigrants 
be treated with respect and mercy by churches; that governments develop 
structures that safeguard and monitor national borders with efficiency and 
respect for human dignity; that governments establish more functional legal 
mechanisms for the annual entry of a reasonable number of immigrant workers 
and families; that governments recognize the central importance of the family in 
society by reconsidering the number and categories of visas available for family 
reunification; that governments establish a sound, equitable process toward earned 
legal status for currently undocumented immigrants; that governments legislate 
fair labor and civil laws for all; and that immigration enforcement be conducted 
in ways that recognize the importance of due process of law” (from Memo 
on “Immigration Concerns,” April 30, 2010).

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