The raging debate on immigration is new to the U.S. Never before have Americans raised serious objections about people wanting to come here. The plaque on the Statue of Liberty said it all: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..." This year's census found nearly 38 million immigrants in the country with an estimated 11.9 million here illegally.
In a way, we are all immigrants, or descendants of immigrants. All came here looking for the opportunities that freedom provides. Many discovered that the gospel was the foundation of that freedom and accepted Christ's incredible free gift. Others worked hard to hinder the gospel and now our freedoms are in jeopardy.
America's founding fathers foresaw the risk. They openly and repeatedly declared that the government that they established would not survive without "virtue" in the common people. They knew well that scripture, "Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people" (Proverbs 14:34).
And they knew that righteousness (virtue) came only through preaching of the gospel and diligent instruction in the Bible. They provided tax breaks and other benefits to encourage churches to do this.
Their vision was that, immigrants would come, learn the language, work hard and be won to Christ. Thus, America would remain the "shining city on a hill" showing to the world the good life that comes from obedience to the God of the Bible.
Somewhere, the churches neglected their part of this plan. Fifty years ago, Muslim leaders discouraged their people from moving to America, fearing they would be lost to the gospel. Roman Catholic leaders in Latin America kept their people in superstition and ignorance until the U.S. prosperity became an overwhelming magnet, drawing them across our southern borders. Now, instead of being won to our righteousness, many turn to crime to obtain the prosperity they seek.
U.S. government leaders are in a quandary what to do. Their campaign over the last dozen decades to discredit the Biblical lifestyle has helped destroy the one solution to the immigration problem.
What should Christians do now?
Whatever the government does, soul winners are the key they are looking for. We still have our one obligation: "go ye into all the world..." That world starts at our doorstep. If the mission field has come to us, is that any different than reaching them in foreign lands?
The only difference is that it is easier to take a tract to our next door neighbor or to an "illegal" in a local prison. In the end, they all come looking for a better life, even if their way of getting it is through crime. They all need Jesus.
Chick Publications makes every effort to provide literature in whatever language is needed. Spanish, especially, is foremost. Almost every new title in English is released in Spanish at the same time.
Working with missionaries on the foreign fields, we have at least one title in over 100 different languages.
Now the people who speak these languages have come to us. While there are over 150 languages spoken in the U.S., the 100 that we have in tract form cover the majority of them.
Whether you encounter a neighbor who needs the gospel or a foreign missionary visiting your church, the language they need is probably listed here on our web site. We stock copies of the most common languages. Click here for information on custom printing of other titles.