PREACHING ABOUT ANTI-IMMIGRANT
AND ANTI-MUSLIM BIAS
How can I possibly preach about Muslims or refugees without risking that my preaching will come across as partisan or politicized?
When it comes to difficult issues, we certainly don’t want our churches to become partisan or politicized. But neither should we be silent when our community is looking for moral leadership. Speaking up for vulnerable communities is part of our call, along with advocating for justice.
If I have never considered preaching on the topic of immigration before, where should I start? 
- Start with the Bible: what does it say that might inform how we treat the vulnerable community being considered?
- Identify biblical principles that should guide the debate. The most valuable contribution that most church leaders can make to the national dialogue on immigration policy or any of these issues we are talking about today is simply to preach about the biblical principles that should guide the debate—without getting caught up in the complexities of specific policies.
- Spend some time dispelling untrue stereotypes and misinformation because misconceptions feed fear and discrimination.
- Learn enough background information on the subject to be able to answer some basic questions that may arise. For example, on immigration there are economic and public safety ramifications to which we may need to respond. If we cannot address the legitimate concerns that have led many in our churches to see immigration as a threat, they are unlikely to embrace a biblical perspective toward immigrants.
- Consider offering an Adult Study in coordination with your preaching to help people discern together how their faith values might inform public policies. Recommended DVD’s and other curriculum are included in your handouts.
 Advice gleaned from The Church Leader’s Guide to Immigration and The Evangelical Immigration Table.