g92.org began a year ago with an idea. That idea was to inspire and mobilize young evangelicals to champion the rights of immigrants. With the help of friends and supporters who posted blogs to the site, we were able to bring awareness to current events in the debate on immigration, highlight the injustices families and individuals are facing and, most importantly, inform our readers of important topics around immigration.
As the year comes to a close, we wanted to share with you the top 10 blogs of 2011 based on the number of Facebook ‘likes.’ They range from sharing perspectives on a biblical response in the Evangelical church to immigrants to loving our neighbors as ourselves and caring for the children orphaned in the wake of new laws passed in Alabama and Arizona.
All of the blogs in 2011, however, share a common theme: learning how to love immigrants as Jesus showed His love for them. Christmas is over, but the generosity and love that Jesus brings lasts throughout the year. His birth is a reminder of new beginnings, hope and a triumphant spirit embodied by immigrants who also come seeking a new life, new hope and new beginnings.
As 2011 comes to a close, Our question to you, our readers, is this: will you decide to welcome the stranger, love your neighbor and find ways to engage them in a more Biblical way?
Read below a short synopsis of the top blogs, 6-10. We will be posting the Top 5 on Friday, December 29th. We hope you will start this new year with a resolution to devote yourself to learning and engaging more with the issue of immigration.
If you would like to learn more or write a blog for us, please contact us at [email protected]. We welcome your feedback and comments. Thanks for joining us on this journey and we look forward to the year ahead.
10. Injustice, Up Close: Stephan Bauman, President of World Relief, writes about hearing the personal testimonies of migrant apple farmers who have been victims of injustice.
9. Bill Hybels Interviews Matt Soerens: Part I: Bill Hybels and Heather Larson of Willow Creek Community Church interview author Matthew Soerens about the issue of immigration.
8. When “Illegals” Become Neighbors: Kirsten Strand discusses how friendships with immigrants reflect the heart of Jesus and how we can respond with compassion to those living in our neighborhoods.
7. Frustration, Anger, Hope and Gratitude: Matthew Soerens writes about an experience attempting to post bond for a neighbor detained by Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE).
6. Walls and Fences: Shane Claiborne reflects on walls in our world today and in Scripture, suggesting that, ultimately, love topples walls.
**Stay tuned for Friday’s post where we unveil the Top 5 blog posts of 2011**
Beth Orchard is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago with a Master’s in Social Justice. She is the editor of the g92.org blog, a writer and passion advocate for the oppressed, marginalized, immigrant and other voices that so often go unheard.
Please note that the views expressed do not necessarily represent those of everyone associated with G92 or any institutions with which the blogger may be affiliated.
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