July 11, 2014

Why are evangelicals supporting immigration reform? Q&A with filmmaker Linda Midgett

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Filmmaker Linda Midgett, right, interviews Meghan Blanton Smith for the former's documentary film, "The Stranger."

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Filmmaker Linda Midgett, right, interviews Meghan Blanton Smith for the former's documentary film, "The Stranger."

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(RNS) Linda Midgett, producer of the documentary “The Stranger,” says some evangelicals support immigration reform because they view it “from the lens of Christ.”

  • Larry M

    I’m for anything that helps convert the converted to a Biblical and Christ-centered perspective. There is a wonderful article on this same website about Christ being a refugee and having to flee his own country to go to Egypt. That’s a very powerful message. The problem I find with many evangelicals is that if they don’t see a particular word (like refugee) in the Bible then they do not recognize it as relevant for today. All too often they lag behind even secular society.

    They are political force however and for that reason I hope they jump on board…even if their motive is conversion rather than love. What they all too often completely miss Is that Love as revealed in Christ, the suffering God, is the single most powerful Transformer and Liberator of both individuals and societies.

    Unfortunately, I still think evangelicals are united together in the Republican Party primarily for what day they are against…namely abortion…gay marriage etc. and not what they are for.

  • Larry M

    P.S. I by no means intend to imply that there is a unified Christian solution to the immigration problem only that there should be a unified Christian motive.

  • Leo

    People need to enter this country legally and no other way.

  • John

    I agree with you Larry, but I do see a movement from traditional republican evangelicals towards immigration reform as a justice issue. I am glad for that. However, I think the notion that evangelicals in the republican party are known only for what they are against is a mixed message. Yes, there has been much they oppose, but it has been the media and culture at large that has focused on this at the expense of not seeing what they do stand for. It seems everything is put in the negative, meaning rather than being portrayed as pro-life, they are called anti-choice, rather than being pro traditional marriage, they are called anti-choice…and the list goes on. You say a lie long enough and people start to believe it and repeat it.

  • Larry Meza

    What other major issues unite EVANGELICAL Republucans?

  • Larry Meza

    Yes things do get mislabeled but few people are PRO-abortion either. Nobody I’ve ever heard of is rooting for more women to have more abortions.

    Please correct me if you think I am wrong but if Democrats became pro-life then there would be a mass exodus of Evangelical Christians from the Republican party. No?

  • John

    Quite possible that if the democrats changes their platform on abortion that many republicans would switch, but that won’t happen. My point is that when talking about republicans in general and at the media level, that negative generalizations dominate and cast a certain image. However, at the local level most will find evangelical (and republican) persons to be quite different from the caricature in the media. But the same goes for democrats who can also be vilified in evangelical circles. It is easier to throw stones at a political or religious ideology, but more difficult when you encounter real persons who are in fact kind, generous, for morality, for life, etc. I find it sad that both sides denigrate and speak badly of anyone who opposes their particular issue. Petty name calling rules the day (and blogosphere).

  • Larry Meza

    I so agree. I have friends on both sides of the religious and political divide and many years ago I was an Evangelical. As a political group they are basically single issue voters and that concerns abortion. Everything else is secondary to that.

    Sadly, in politics and religion too many people speak just to speak instead of speaking to heard.There is a world if difference between the two.

  • Romesa

    Leo, I agree with you, that’s why we need reform. There needs to be a legal path for so many that have no legal path.