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Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible Paperback – May 1, 2008
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"Immigration issues grip American politics and opinions. But what does the Bible say? What is at the heart of the Christian view on immigration? Danny Carroll's voice on this issue is like no other."--Leith Anderson, National Association of Evangelicals
"Danny Carroll's goal of providing Christians with a biblical and theological framework to participate in the US immigration debate as Christians is met brilliantly in Christians at the Border. It provides Christians of various political perspectives a framework from which to begin a conversation together."--Juan Francisco Martínez, Fuller Theological Seminary
"Carroll's grasp of the problems presented by immigration--political, economic, and familial--is balanced, restrained, and profound. Protestants and Catholics of all political leanings need to pay attention to this book."--William M. Shea, College of the Holy Cross
"A timely, must-read book for the church in the United States. This book helps us think through this complex issue clearly and soberly by presenting a well-documented historical and biblical perspective on immigration and people movements."--Dennis J. Rivera, Central Latin American District Council of the Assemblies of God, Denver, Colorado
"Combining prophetic zeal with a tender, pastoral tone, Carroll calls on Christians to adopt a distinctively Christian disposition to the issue of undocumented immigrants."--Daniel I. Block, Wheaton College
"With the skill of a biblical scholar, the heart of a prophet, and the rich background of a Guatemalan-American, Carroll speaks Solomonesque wisdom that will help us all."--Don Sweeting, Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church, Greenwood Village, Colorado
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In the way of legitimate introduction to the subject of immigration, Daniel Carroll is short on divisive statistics (thankfully) and long on presenting scriptural precepts to love the foreigner among us. He moves us into the immigration debate as Christians first , then as Americans; into our neighborhoods and communities to love the foreigner, then to advocacy on their behalf.
Carroll's inspiration for Christians to affect immigration is a result of his attempt to deepen our understanding of Yahweh, not only as Creator of all human beings, but also as righteous, omniscient provider and defender of strangers and aliens throughout history. In Christians at the Border, we come to a place of hope as we recognize the omniscience of God's design through the movement of people in the Old and New Testament. In HIS hands are man-made borders as well as the people who cross them, often in obedience to His call.
This hope precedes illumination. As we permit the Holy Spirit to stir our hearts with truth, we are invited to move rhythmically with God's plans, operating above the confines of earthly law, to accomplish far more spiritually with the divine weapons of love, compassion and humility.
One of the many strengths of the book lies in the abundance of Biblical references cited. Don't skip reading the very words of divine God. In fact, read them aloud. Let them saturate your heart to bring about the mind of Christ regarding the foreigner.Read more ›
Carroll is no stranger to the issue since every member of his family has immigrated or knows someone who has immigrated to the US. Recognizing that certain titles in the discussion can be politically and emotionally charged, he replaces "illegal alien" with "undocumented immigrant." Carroll is convinced that many, including Christians, either consciously or unconsciously approach the issue of illegal immigration from "passionate ideological arguments, economic wrangling, or racial sentiment" (19). Though by no means exhaustive, Carroll endeavors to re-orientate one's thoughts on the issue through a more biblical and theological lens.
Carroll sets the stage in chapter 1 by giving a brief history of Hispanic immigration focusing on two of the most hotly debated issue: national identity and economic impact. He successfully demonstrates that the issue is by no means simple. For example, many boldly speak out against illegal immigration while reaping the benefits of the cheap labor that such a reality brings.Read more ›
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A friend who had been involved with missions in Central America recommended "Christians at the Border" to me, as a book that deals with the immigration issue, from an... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Michael Richard O'Connor
As is the case with Hoffmeier (the author of "The Immigration Crisis"), Daniel Carroll likewise meets the preliminary bipartite credibility test of any discusser of the topic of... Read morePublished on July 18, 2014 by Nicholas Odhiambo
It was refreshing to hear the Christians' perspective on immigrants. I have not finished readying it, but know we are instructed to care for the orphans, widows, and aliens. Read morePublished on September 15, 2013 by Richard E. Scovel
"Christians at the Border," written by Daniel Carroll R., is a valiant attempt to reflect on the issue of immigration from a biblical perspective. Read morePublished on March 14, 2013 by Doug Erlandson
This is a great resource to use in developing a holistic understanding of the immigration dllemna facing America. Read morePublished on March 12, 2013 by Charles Thompson
Dan Carroll is clearly an expert on the issue of Christians, immigration, and the kingdom of God, but he makes this book easy to understand, to the point, and accessible for those... Read morePublished on February 28, 2013 by Bro
Interesting point of view, but no suggestions on what to do as a result of having this point of view.Published on February 13, 2013 by David Howe
"[M]ore often than not this choice [to accept or reject undocumented immigrants] has had little to do with Christian convictions and much to do with ideological commitments and... Read morePublished on December 29, 2012 by Davey Jones