Episode 192

Immigration Solution, Mississippi Baptist Disaster Relief & Comments Made By Priest

Sep 28, 2022

Substantial majorities of evangelicals in the United States say they want an immigration solution that both secures the border and values those already in the country. With the restoration of pressure and the lifting of most boil water notices for the Jackson municipal water system, Mississippi Baptist Disaster Relief and local church partners have wrapped up their ministry delivering more than 5,800 cases of bottled water to affected residents and is now preparing for possible mobilization after Hurricane Ian passes through Florida later this week. And, a Southern Baptist theologian is pushing back against comments made by the leading Russian Orthodox priest as thousands of Russian men are fleeing the country in the face of a forced draft.

Transcript

Substantial majorities of evangelicals in the United States say they want an immigration solution that both secures the border and values those already in the country.

In a study sponsored by the Evangelical Immigration Table and World Relief, Lifeway Research surveyed both self-identified evangelicals and those who qualify as evangelicals by belief to determine their attitudes toward immigrants and refugees as well as their opinions on potential legislative actions addressing the issues surrounding immigration.

More than 4 in 5 evangelicals describe legal immigration as helpful to the U.S., and around 2 in 3 believe the country should at least maintain the current number of legal immigrants approved in a year.

Specifically, 25 percent say legal immigration is helpful and we should increase the number allowed each year, 40 percent see it as helpful and say we should maintain the current number approved and 19 percent believe it is helpful but favor decreasing the legal immigrants approved each year. Fewer (17 percent) believe legal immigration is harmful to the U.S., with 10 percent saying we should decrease the number approved and 6 percent believing we should completely stop approving legal immigrants.
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With the restoration of pressure and the lifting of most boil water notices for the Jackson municipal water system, Mississippi Baptist Disaster Relief and local church partners have wrapped up their ministry delivering more than 5,800 cases of bottled water to affected residents and is now preparing for possible mobilization after Hurricane Ian passes through Florida later this week.

Hubert Yates, disaster relief director for the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board, thanked Mississippi Baptists who contributed a total of 204 volunteer work days to deliver nearly 140,000 bottles of fresh water to Jackson residents.

A special emphasis of the Mississippi Baptist effort was to reach out to individual residents in need of the water who were disabled, had no transportation, or otherwise could not pick up bottled water at the multiple distribution sites set up around the Jackson area, Yates said.

Meanwhile, disaster relief teams are keeping a close watch on the Gulf of Mexico and Hurricane Ian makes its way toward the Florida coast.

The storm is expected to be the worst storm to come ashore the Tampa Bay/Sarasota region in more than 100 years.
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A Southern Baptist theologian is pushing back against comments made by the leading Russian Orthodox priest as thousands of Russian men are fleeing the country in the face of a forced draft.

Patriarch Kirill said, “…if someone, moved by a sense of duty, by the need to fulfil his oath, remains faithful to his calling and dies in the performance of his military duty, he is undoubtedly committing an act tantamount to sacrifice.”

Andrew Walker, associate professor of Christian ethics at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary , called the comments blasphemous, “ Kirill’s pronouncement is as unbiblical as it is absurd,” he told Baptist Press in written comments.

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