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The first passage on the bookmark is Genesis 1:27-28
So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule overthe fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
To begin this conversation of immigration reform from a biblical perspective we must remind ourselves that all people are made in God’s image and are valuable and worthy of respect. Often when I hear numbers on the news about illegal immigration or the amount of immigrants in our country I forget that behind every number is a person with a story that is valuable to God. In our churches we need to remind people, young and old of this truth.
That doesn’t mean that I don’t desire the law to be followed and for secure borders in our country, but it means that I want to have compassion and figure out a way to do immigration better. Just saying that a system is broken won’t fix it. Let us rise up as Christians striving to follow God’s word to give people dignity as they are made in God’s image so that they can be fruitful, multiply, and live productive and safe lives in a country that offers freedom and the pursuit of happiness in a way that is governmentally and economically sound.