When it comes to immigration issues, there is the obligation of the State to enforce the law. But, for the Church, there is also the obligation to minister to those in need. Now that President Trump is cracking down on immigration–rightly so, many of us would say–our Lutheran Hispanic congregations and our various Hispanic ministries are dealing with a sense of panic and insecurity among many of those to whom they are ministering. LCMS president Matthew Harrison has written a letter of encouragement and support to synod members in Hispanic ministry.
The letter has a lot of nuance, but it is full of sympathy for the immigrants’ plight. Read it after the jump.
Note the reference to an official study of the issue from the LCMS Commission on Theology and Church Relations, written back in 2012: “Immigrants Among Us: A Lutheran Framework for Addressing Immigration Issues.”
Photo by Erik M. Lunsford, LCMS News & Information