Undocumented Immigrants and Refugees “Living in Sin”?

Some argue that undocumented immigrants and refugees, as well as those who protect them, are living in sin. For, we are required in Romans 13 to obey our Governments (e.g. Hoffmeier, “Crisis at the Borders”). Mark G. Brett responds, “How anomalous the surface meaning of Romans 13 is when considered978-0-8028-7307-1_Brett_Political Trauma etc_cov.indd against the wider background of the Bible’s relentlessly reiterated critique of unjust monarchies and empires, including the Roman empire of Paul’s own day” (Political Trauma and Healing: Biblical Ethics for a Postcolonial World, 164). Brett is not here denying the importance of social order and of a Government’s authority. Rather, he is pointing to God’s higher authority, while also reminding us that in appointing Governments God does not thereby exit the human stage .


About Mark Glanville

Mark Glanville is a pastor-scholar who ministers in a missional urban community, Grandview Church, Vancouver. Mark is Professor of Old Testament and congregational studies at the Missional Training Center, Phoenix (missionaltraining.org), and he teaches at Regent College, Vancouver. Mark's research focusses upon the Pentateuch, biblical ethics, and mission. Mark has authored "Adopting the Stranger as Kindred" (SBL, 2018), "Reading Exodus: Society Reshaped by Kinship" (Lexham, forthcoming), numerous refereed articles (including in the Journal of Biblical Literature (2018), Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (2019), and Refuge Journal (2013)) and chapters on the Pentateuch, mission, and refugee related issues, as well as numerous popular articles. Mark is presently co-authoring a book, "Providing Refuge: A Missional and Political Theology." Mark is called upon to speak on in Canada, the U.S., and Australia. His previous career was as a jazz pianist in Sydney, Australia (Chick Corea and Wynton Kelly are his musical heroes).
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