Shoulder-to-Shoulder for a Larger Cause
Feb 03, 2010 by M. Daniel Carroll R. | 1 Comments
One of the interesting phenomena that is occurring in different parts of the country is that Christians from a wide range of denominations and faith traditions are coming together to support the idea of comprehensive immigration reform. As I have been involved in activities locally and around the country, I have seen evangelicals (non-charismatic and Pentecostals), Christians from the mainline churches, and Roman Catholics working together… something that does not occur that often! Differences are being put aside to work shoulder-to-shoulder to effect change.
Last week a pastor and I were interviewed on public radio about the growing interest in immigration among evangelicals and their churches. The interviewers probed how it was that we were coming to the table with other traditions and what was it that evangelicals might contribute to these efforts. This last weekend I was on the East Coast, speaking on immigration at an Episcopal church in the morning and later at a Lutheran church (in a unity service!), and at the moment I am giving the annual biblical studies lectures at an evangelical seminary in the South on the topic of the Bible and immigration.
The Spirit seems to be doing something unique in this country at this time. Who knows what lessons will be learned, new followers of Jesus met and encouraged, and thinking transformed around the Word of God on behalf of millions of vulnerable immigrants, many of whom themselves are sisters and brothers in Christ.
Shoulder-to-shoulder in a common cause, shoulders rubbing shoulders in the bonds of fellowship… a wonderful surprise and a chance for the broader Christian Church to make an impact on the nation as we speak with a united voice.