Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dear Mr. Strearns, World Vision

Dear Mr. Stearns,

I was moved deeply by the boldness in the recent statement of World Vision's willingness to support fidelity in marriage and abstinence outside marriage and the opportunity for gay Christians to work there in the future. I regret the reversal, but understand these are complicated times.

I am a straight evangelical, for what it is worth. I wanted to voice my support in the storm of outrage. Thank you, Mr. Stearns, for the work happening in your heart for others. Please hold your head high and continue to influence others for just living and loving others. You have my appreciation.

I acknowledge there is so much more to all this than I will ever know or understand from the spiritual, theological, and business levels. In the meantime, I will keep it simple and say I'm proud to serve the Kingdom with you. You may never see this, but if I don't write, I've missed a chance to offer compassion to you in your journey with me.

Friday, March 07, 2014

A Prayer for the House of Representatives: Immigration Reform

I pray for your continued growth, understanding, and strength to do what is right. I pray you have no regret when you look back on this time in the future. I pray you don’t wish you’d done more for this cause and for the people, because you did what was right now. I pray your heart and your mind stay open to real truth, and that you filter your position with compassion. I pray for your commitment to dignity for all, your value of the family, your economic sensibilities. I pray you act now and pass a solid bill, one bill, similar to the recent Senate Bill for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. I pray we do not tire in encouraging you to move forward. I pray you heed our call very soon.

We need you to help us as we seek to reform a broken immigration system that:
  • Respects the God-given dignity of every person
  • Protects the unity of the immediate family
  • Respects the rule of law
  • Guarantees secure national borders
  • Ensures fairness to taxpayers 
  • Establishes a path toward legal status and/or citizenship for those who qualify and who wish to become permanent residents