A significant group of conservative evangelical leaders recently released an open letter to President Trump denouncing his temporary ban on refugees. The letter appeared as an ad in the Washington Post on Wednesday and featured the names of 100 of the more than 500 evangelical pastors and leaders who have endorsed the statement. Some of the most notable names include Tim and Kathy Keller, Max Lucado, and Bill and Lynne Hybels. The letter states,
“As Christians, we have a historic call expressed over two thousand years, to serve the suffering. We cannot abandon this call now. We live in a dangerous world and affirm the crucial role of government in protecting us from harm and in setting the terms on refugee admissions. However, compassion and security can coexist, as they have for decades. For the persecuted and suffering, every day matters; every delay is a crushing blow to hope.”
The letter has been a sign of encouragement for many in more progressive Christian circles, as well as for those conservative evangelicals who share the sentiment of the letter but have felt drowned out by those who support Trump’s orders. While it is unlikely that any one letter will persuade President Trump to reverse his executive orders, perhaps this letter can be a starting point for greater cooperation within the U.S. church — a church that continues to split along the seams of political party lines.
You can find the whole letter along with further commentary and statistics in this Christianity Today article: Why Tim Keller, Max Lucado, and Hundreds of Evangelical Leaders Oppose Trump’s Refugee Ban