Category: Justice

Uncomfortable baking a cake for a gay wedding? “Bake for them two”

In Jesus’ time, the nation of Israel was under Roman rule. The Israelites were allowed to live there and practice their faith for the most part, but they had to pay taxes to Caesar and obey the Roman laws. To the Israelites, the Romans were evil and ungodly. They had no place ruling over God’s chosen people in God’s chosen nation. That land had been promised to Moses and his descendants when God…  [more]

Are RFRAs necessary for religious freedom?

Late last month, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a controversial religious freedom bill into law. Though in many ways the law paralleled federal and other state Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRA), the way in which it differed caused a firestorm of objections about discrimination toward LGBT citizens. In the face of companies threatening to pull business from the state, the law was amended. So now what? In…  [more]

Jim Wallis on welcoming the stranger

Editor’s note: This is the sixth and final installment in A More Welcoming Way, a series of TC articles on the immigration experience, attempts at reform and the church’s role in the process. For the past few years, Sojourners has been intimately involved in efforts to reform America’s broken immigration system. We took up this issue because we believe that our Christian faith compels us to…  [more]

The story of Reyna Garcia

Editor’s note: This is the fifth installment in A More Welcoming Way, a series of TC articles on the immigration experience, attempts at reform and the church’s role in the process. When Michigan law changed in 2008, barring undocumented immigrants from holding a driver’s license, Reyna Garcia could no longer attend her Catholic church because it was beyond walking distance from her home. So she…  [more]

A theology of immigration

Editor’s note: This is the fourth installment in A More Welcoming Way, a series of TC articles on the immigration experience, attempts at reform and the church’s role in the process. For Christians who take seriously the authority of Scripture, immigration is much more than a complex and controversial political issue. It is also an important theological issue. The Bible actually has a lot to say on the…  [more]

Hope for the children of Honduras

Editor’s note: This is the third installment in A More Welcoming Way, a series of TC articles on the immigration experience, attempts at reform and the church’s role in the process. We are Christians; we are people of hope. We rely on hope to live boldly for God and we rely on hope when hardship comes our way. Many of my fellow Hondurans are desperate for hope. For each of the last five years, Honduras…  [more]

Pimps, prostitutes and the gospel of vacatur

I recently learned a new word: “vacatur.” A legal term, it describes a court’s discretionary power to set aside a previous judgment, as when a higher court reviews and overturns the ruling of a lower court. It makes sense for Christians to know this word because it also means something far less technical to its beneficiaries. It means “new life.” An increasing number of states are…  [more]

Why the process for immigration reform matters

Editor’s note: This is the second installment in A More Welcoming Way, a series of TC articles on the immigration experience, attempts at reform and the church’s role in the process. The Obama administration requested today that a federal judge allow the president’s immigration plan to proceed while the administration seeks to overturn his ruling against the plan. It’s the latest piece of…  [more]

Why Christians are called to immigration reform

Editor’s note: This is the first installment in A More Welcoming Way, a series of TC articles on the immigration experience, attempts at reform and the church’s role in the process. The reform of immigration policy should be of vital concern to every Christian who is a United States citizen. The Old Testament teachings about care for the foreigner among us, Jesus’ teaching on the subject and His…  [more]

Why every Christian should care about nuclear disarmament

The Cold War ended decades ago, but since then the global conversation on nuclear weapons has been heating up. Yet the issue of nuclear arms is so complex and its stakes so high that most ordinary citizens are at a loss to formulate reasonably informed opinions. In fact, few outside a small number of specialists are knowledgeable about the topic. This is why the Nuclear Threat Initiative sponsored the attendance of…  [more]

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