The Bible teaches that God created all humans in His image. Billionaire and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump is currently under fire for his recent statements that illegal Mexican immigrants are rapists and criminals—statements that offended both Latinos and non-Latinos.
Trump bluntly made three points. First, if elected president, he would be tough on illegal immigration. Second, illegal immigration is illegal, so those who have illegally entered the country are criminals. Third, some illegal immigrants committed crimes in their homeland, and some repeat those crimes once they’re on U.S. soil. Some of Trump’s critics agree with his positions on this controversial issue but point out that his offensive rhetoric eclipsed his message.
Trump is partly right. Illegal immigration is a crime. Those who illegally enter the United States should be brought to justice in accordance with U.S. law. The next president of the United States needs to be tough on illegal immigration. And some illegal immigrants have committed crimes here and at home. But Christians must not forget that God created illegal immigrants in His image, and they are not outside of God’s redemption in Christ. We should speak to, of, and about them in ways that are consistent with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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SOURCE: WORLD Magazine
Jarvis J. Williams is associate professor of New Testament interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and the author of Christ Died for Our Sins: Representation and Substitution in Romans and Their Jewish Martyrological Background. Follow him on Twitter @drjjwilliams.