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16435Re: [Covenanted Reformation] The May Day Protests

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  • John Hackler
    May 1, 2008
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      Where does the concept of order and keeping the laws of the land that are not in conflict with God's law? The laws in regard to the border are there for the sake of order and there is a immigration policy in place and while I am sure it's in need of attention is that just cause for people to break the law to enter the country and to continue on breaking more laws to remain?

       

      John

      --- On Thu, 5/1/08, Ic Neltococayotl <puritanpresbyterian@...> wrote:

      From: Ic Neltococayotl <puritanpresbyterian@...>
      Subject: [Covenanted Reformation] The May Day Protests
      To: covenantedreformationclub@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Thursday, May 1, 2008, 7:32 PM

      On this May Day, as we see in the news or in your home town the Latino/Mexica people protesting and marching for immigration rights, I would like to offer these insights and even challenge.

       

      How will the Reformed and Presbyterian Church respond to the growing number of immigrants, particularly the Latino/Mexica immigrants, which are the largest group?

       

      Will individual Reformed and Presbyterians jump on the Republican, Nationalist, anti-immigration band wagon and thus alienate the immigrants from even giving an audience to the Reformed Faith?  Speaking out against the "invasion" of the other cultures within our borders and wish to turn these "illegals" over to ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) ?

       

      OR

       

      Will the Reformed and Presbyterian Church/individuals act like Christ and stretch out their hands to the disliked and unloved Samaritans of our tim e?  Dine with the harlots and tax collectors (so to speak or as many see the immigrants)?  The duty of Christians is to proclaim the Gospel to all people regardless of their social standing, and not to be an agent to oppress those that are perceived below their status.  

       

      We talk about sending missionaries to foreign lands, what will we do with those from foreign lands that are at our doorstep?  Ignore them or reach out to them with the one True Gospel?  Many of them are Roman Catholic or Muslim by profession, WE can reach out to them and by the power of the Gospel and the work of the Holy Spirit they can become followers of Christ.

       

      The Church has a tremendous opportunity and even obligation to reach out to the newly arrival in this nation.  I pray that the Church does not squander this due to political ideology that can cause Christians to act contrary to the Gospel proclamation as was done towards the African-Americans.

       

       

       

      Proclaiming the Reformed Faith in Spanish at

      www.PresbiterianoRe formado.org

       

      Edgar A Ibarra Jr

      Albany, NY

      Berkshire RPCNA



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