With Ad Campaign, Colorado Evangelical Leaders Seek Bipartisan Immigration Solutions
June 20, 2012
From our friends at the Evangelical Immigration Table:
**To listen to the radio ad, please visit http://www.evangelicalimmigrationtable.com.**
Colorado Springs, Colo. — Today, Colorado pastors and evangelical leaders launched a paid media campaign with a 60-second spot that is playing on Christian radio stations in Denver and Colorado Springs. The ads, which are recorded by Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and Rev. Luis Cortes, president of Esperanza, highlight common-ground principles uniting evangelical Christians around immigration reform. Land and Cortes are members of the Evangelical Immigration Table, a group of evangelical leaders that is advancing a cohesive immigration reform message and strategy.
“The Evangelical Immigration Table represents the diversity of evangelicals in America,” said Eddie Broussard, Associate U.S. Director/Senior Vice President of The Navigators, whose president is one of more than 150 signatories on the Table’s Statement of Principles for Immigration Reform. “Evangelicals have come together to say it’s time to stand together on this issue. The Evangelical Immigration Table is diverse in its makeup but unified in its biblically inspired vision to help create a better life for immigrants in America.”
“Today we shift the focus of our discussion to the important role of local organizations and churches here,” said Will Stoller-Lee, Director of the Fuller Theological Seminary. “The biblical mandate to welcome the stranger is the starting point for evangelicals on this issue. Many of us are reading the biblical text again with a fresh new lens provided by stories of migration and immigration. On this issue, the Bible balances the rule of law with the role of compassion.”
Wilmer Villacorta, Ph.D., a Professor at Fuller Theological Seminary and Associate Pastor at Iglesia el Centro, added, “This is an unprecedented gathering. As evangelicals we are called, above all, to love God as we love our neighbor (Mark 12:30). Listening to people’s stories is one way to love them. Stories of survival, brokenness and thirst for justice are common themes of immigrants anywhere. When we learn from these stories we cannot be neutral to the call to be a people who do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8). As evangelicals we want to affirm the divine mandate to respect the God-given dignity of every person.”
“Biblical justice calls us to see undocumented immigrants the way we see ourselves,” said Jaime Lázaro, Pastor at Iglesia El Centro. “The longing of my heart is that the leaders and parishioners getting involved with this effort will inspire this kind of Christ-like compassion within our cities and throughout the nation. As pastors we have a great responsibility to teach our congregations to see our undocumented immigrant families as the neighbors that Jesus instructs us to love.”
The effort among Colorado evangelicals comes as Christians across America are uniting to call on Democrats and Republicans to lead our nation to a bipartisan solution on immigration. Never before has a coalition of evangelicals come together from such a diverse political and theological spectrum on this issue.
The Evangelical Immigration Table has come together to create a united evangelical front for immigration reform and shares a common, biblically mandated vision to help create a better life for immigrants in America.