The following article was originally published by The Christian Science Monitor: Immigration is a hot-button issue worldwide. In US politics, it’s been a leading topic of debate for presidential candidates, as this week’s Monitor cover story points out.
While the issue of immigration seems to create a wall of division between the two major political parties, we can all do our part to address this important issue. And one of the most effective ways I know of is seeing difficult issues from a spiritual perspective.
As I’ve learned in my study and practice of Christian Science, prayer can open up vistas of thought that before weren’t considered, bringing the healing light that Christ Jesus consistently expressed to solve seemingly intractable problems.
At the heart of the issue of immigration is finding home. Christian Science Founder Mary Baker Eddy, who followed Jesus’ teachings, recognized that all who seek God can find a true sense of home when she wrote, “Pilgrim on earth, thy home is heaven; stranger, thou art the guest of God” (“Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” p. 254). She described heaven in part as “Harmony; the reign of Spirit; government by divine Principle; spirituality” (Science and Health, p. 587). Home, perceived in this spiritual light, becomes an opportunity to see how God’s direction and guidance can lead each one of us to safety and harmony. Such accounts can be found in texts as old as the Bible.
In one biblical example, Nehemiah prays to God and is led to rebuild his home city of Jerusalem to protect its inhabitants (see Nehemiah 1-6). Nehemiah learned that his patient labor and obedience to God were the true building blocks in this effort to bring a sense of security to his community.