We join the chorus of voices including the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists (NAD) and the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (PUC) who have spoken out against the inhumane cruelty being inflicted upon immigrants and refugees — including their children — due to the new “zero tolerance” policy that was approved by the Executive Branch of the United States and implemented by the Department of Justice.
The implementation of this policy has led to young children being separated from their parents whom, in the majority of cases, are political asylum-seekers from countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras among others. Rather than processing those claims, it has been reported that they have been taken into custody immediately while having their children taken away from them and detained in chain link enclosures in the McAllen Central Processing Station in Texas.
Practice - Scripture - Policy - Examples - Scripture
We have also been deeply troubled by the practice of using Scripture to justify this policy that many have engaged in. There are several examples in Scripture of God commanding us to treat those who are not native to our land in the exact same manner that we would treat a family member.
The book of Ezekiel puts it this way:
God - People - Part - Foreigner - Stranger
God calls His people to take an active part in not only welcoming in the foreigner or stranger that is within our gates, but also to make provision for them — treating them as if they are members of our own families.
Our ancestors were brought to this country by way of divergent and varying paths. Some migrated to America and forcibly claimed these lands, which were not native to them, as their own. Others were brought to these shores by force and the foundations of this country were built on the backs of their free labor. Still others sought the dream...
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