…and they walked into a bar.
Sounds like a prelude to a bad racial joke but actually it’s a description of how I spent one night this past week. For the sake of accuracy, we actually walked into a D.C. burger joint called Good Stuff Eatery just a block or two from the Capitol. Our biggest vice wasn’t downing too many beers….it was having milk shakes with our burgers and fries. The black dude was Chris Williamson, pastor of Strongtower Bible Church in Franklin, Tennessee. The Native American was Charles Robinson, founder of The Red Road, a ministry serving other Native Americans, and educating people about Native culture. We had spent the day together in prayer, worship and action around the issue of comprehensive immigration reform. A Native American, an African American, and a White guy linking arms with Latinos, Asians, and others to lobby congress and pray for an approach to immigration that is consistent with the Christian values of family, hospitality, grace, and justice. While we don’t claim that scripture lays out a policy on immigration, but we do note that it is impossible to read scripture and not see that God cares about immigrants and he expects his people to treat them with dignity, respect, and compassion (See the I Was a Stranger Challenge).
We were on Capitol Hill, with hundreds of other evangelicals to participate in the Evangelical Day of Prayer and Action for Immigration Reform. It was a day filled with memorable experiences… seeing old friends (Including Phil Graves, creator of this website!), arranging and attending meetings with Congressmen and Senators, and praying with the students of One Voice, a great gospel choir from Ohio.
But the most memorable part of the day was that it gave me a taste of heaven. It reminded me of Revelation 5:9.
“And they sang a new song: You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God and they will reign on the Earth.”
Working on issues like social justice, diversity and immigration isn’t ultimately about politics, it’s about heaven. It’s about getting a taste of heaven as we anticipate experiencing it in all its fullness.
If you are looking for a great cause check out the Evangelical Immigration Table.
If you are looking for a great Church in Franklin Tennessee check out Strongtower.
If you are looking for a great ministry to Native Americans, check out The Red Road.
And if you are in D.C. and looking for a good burger, go to Good Stuff on the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 3rd Street. You might just run into an Indian, a black dude and a white guy downing milkshakes with their burgers.