Anh and Xuan’s plight was desperate and dangerous, their destiny cast into the hands of resentful and suspicious nations, their destination completely unknown. A generation later, their families are strong, and their contributions to our society are profound.
When faith leaders lament the difficulty of keeping Republicans and Democrats together in the same church, they miss the bigger issue.
I’m praying that God will comfort suffering victims and afflict their political and religious victimizers. That’s not a “God bless the USA” prayer. It’s a “Thy will be done” prayer.
Members of a progressive North Carolina Baptist Church took a weekend road trip to demonstrate outside a privately owned U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in Farmville, Virginia.
I believe in the power of the Gospel. I believe Jesus changes hearts, and that his calling is a daring summons to a truly social justice – to a salvation that changes our minds as well as our souls. But much of the preaching I hear these days makes me cringe.
What I will take away from my five days in south Texas is this: Unless we are willing to let go of systems and theologies that target the vulnerable, unless we are willing to recognize our own Saul-like tendencies, I don’t think the scales will fall from our eyes.
Despite their disturbing, even demonic, histories, both white supremacy and nationalism are back. Now they are fused with Christian zeal, a mixture that has only ever been – and will only ever be – toxic.
We need a moral and ethical witness based not on our social media feeds or biases but on an embedded, incarnational, long-term presence with those for whom we claim to have concern.
Employees of the home goods retailer Wayfair walked off their jobs Wednesday after more than 500 workers signed an open letter protesting the sale of $200,000 worth of bedroom furniture to BCFS Health and Human Services, a Texas non-profit hired to run a new temporary emergency influx center for unaccompanied alien children in Carrizo Springs, Texas.