Should the church be addressing immigration reform? Should the church join in criticizing Arizona for its new immigration law? Is the church failing to seize this opportunity to reach out to immigrants with the Gospel? Such are the questions raised by many evangelicals and they answer with an emphatic 'Yes.'
As I said in my last post, when the church preaches a message other than 'believe on the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved from your sins' we look foolish and are unfaithful to this calling. Jesus gave the keys of His kingdom to the church. Use of those keys leads to the declaration that sinners are either released from their sins or remain bound in their sins and are subject to the wrath of God. We preach the Law and Gospel to both sinners and saints trusting that God will do His perfect work. We speak where Scripture speaks and remain silent when Scripture is silent. Use of these keys precludes comments and sermons on a host of other topics.
For some that isn't good enough. To them silence on immigration = 'white anxiety' and a refusal to see the fact that Anglos are projected to become a minority in the U.S. over the next few decades. This cultural shift mandates that evangelicals change the way they are doing church. To refuse to get on board is an affront to God. Moreover it is a choice to doom your church and denomination to irrelevance. This is the stated view of the National Association of Evangelicals and has become mainstream in the PCA.
Christ is building His church and will continue to do so wherever His Word is faithfully proclaimed, the sacraments are administered correctly, and church discipline is practiced. Why do we doubt?
To read more on this trend in the evangelical church click on this link, Segregated Churches and Immigration. What's hard for me to understand is that evangelicals who advocate speaking on immigration, healthcare reform, the environment, etc. are the same folks who cringed over D. James Kennedy's ministry and those affiliated with the Moral Majority. Aren't they doing the same thing?