taking the words of Jesus seriously

On Monday, June 30th, Julia Preston of the New York Times reported that Congress has announced that it does not plan to vote on any legislation concerning immigration reform this year. As a Christian and an American, I find the decision of Congress to yet again bypass immigration reform legislation to be a mammoth injustice and a fundamentally un-American course of action. The US was established to be a melting pot of people from every nation, language, religion, and culture from around the world, a place where anyone could come to find life, liberty, and to pursue happiness. However, in recent years, the way that government has postured itself against immigrants who are trying to enter America to pursue a better life makes me wonder if our country has completely forsaken its foundation.

As an Evangelical Christian, I believe that I have an obligation to follow Jesus’ example of standing up for the oppressed, marginalized, and immigrants. Over the last two years, I have actively been engaging in conversations surrounding immigration reform as a part of the Evangelical Immigration Table,  a coalition founded by a number of national Evangelical leaders to help rally support for immigration reform. As I have heard the stories of hundreds of immigrants who have desperately tried to enter the United States but have been denied, causing families to be split, lives disrupted, and dreams destroyed, my heart has been broken. Not only because I am a Christian, but because these occurrences fly directly in the face of everything America is supposed to stand for.

As our nation celebrates our independence this weekend, it is my hope that we will all stop to remember and say a prayer for the thousands of men, women, and children who are desperately trying to partake in the sweet liberty that we so often take for granted, but are being prevented because our Congress has decided that liberty and justice for all are no longer American ideals.

About The Author


Rev. Brandan Robertson is a noted author, pastor, activist, and public theologian working at the intersections of spirituality, sexuality, and social renewal. He currently serves as the Lead Pastor of Metanoia Church, a digital progressive faith community. A prolific writer, he is the author of seven books on spirituality, justice, and theology, including the INDIES Book of the Year Award Finalist True Inclusion: Creating Communities of Radical Embrace. Robertson has bylines in publications such as TIME Magazine, San Diego Union Tribune, The Huffington Post, NBC, and The Washington Post. As a trusted voice on progressive faith and politics, Robertson is regularly interviewed in national and global media outlets including National Public Radio, The Independent UK, and The New York Times. In July 2021, Rolling Stone magazine included Robertson in its annual “Hot List” of top artists, creatives, and influencers who "are giving us reason to be excited about the future." Named by the Human Rights Campaign as one of the top faith-leaders leading the fight for LGBTQ+ equality, Robertson has worked with political leaders and activists around the world to end conversion therapy and promote the human rights of sexual and gender minorities. He works as a national organizer of people of faith on a wide array of social and political issues, and is a founding member of The Union of Affirming Christians and The Global Interfaith Commission on LGBTQ+ Lives.

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