The Weekly Round-Up

The Weekly Round-Up

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Welcome to The Briefing newsletter by Jason Clarke and Will Maddox. This week, we look at Christians embracing the political divide, how many of our legislators come from immigrant families, how social media can compound hatred of those different from us and a possible intentional delay of refugee processing. If faith is supposed to be preeminent over nationality, race, language, culture and politics, how do we explain Christians’ desire to worship with others who think exactly as they do? Is it possible that they are missing an important perspective and way to live as believers? What would our world look like if they could focus on what they share in common, rather than what divides them? The Briefing is a collaboration between Seek the Peace and We Welcome Refugees.

The Christian divide

In a LifeWay Research study, more than half of churchgoers ages 18-49 said they would prefer to attend church with those who agree with them on political issues, echoing the increasing political divide in the country today. Most people believe that they already go to church with those who agree with them politically. What is the impact of the dividing line between believers as it applies to welcoming the refugee and honoring every person as created in the image of God?

Immigrant legislators

How best to handle immigration in a way that is both beneficial to the economy and consistent with human dignity continues to be a hotly debated issue, and many of those in charge of making the laws that govern immigration are immigrants or the children of immigrants. Of the 529 voting members of the U.S. House and Senate, 53 (12 percent) are immigrants or the children of immigrants. That includes 15 in the Senate and 38 in the House, 12 of whom are foreign born.

Social media isolation

Conflicts in Germany over immigration have been well documented, but a stark contrast exists between the public spaces in real life (where refugees are usually warmly welcomed) and on social media(where fear and hatred prevail). In a small town that accepted a larger allotment of refugees than it was required to, a man snuck into a refugee group home and attempted to set it on fire, and many are blaming Facebook and other social media networks where people can isolate themselves in a world of hatred and where immigrants are falsely accused as being nothing but a threat.

Bureaucratic delays

FBI agents are being saddled with added bureaucratic procedures and that are delaying the processing of refugees into the country. At its current rate, the U.S. will admit between 20,000 and 21,000 by the end of this fiscal year in September, which is far below the administrations stated goal of 45,000 for the year.