Message from Dr. Scott Dudley on Family Separation

Like many of you, I have been saddened by the reports of families being separated at the border, and I sometimes feel overwhelmed by all the conflicting news accounts and social media comments. It can be paralyzing, and it can be hard to know what to do.

Many public figures from conservatives like Franklin Graham, to a variety of politicians from all parties, have stated that separating children from parents is wrong and is not biblical. I agree with that and I’m encouraged by reports this morning that the President will sign an order to end the practice. I hope that happens.

At BelPres we have taught that there are legitimate differences of opinion about what US Immigration law should be, and there are people of good will on all sides of this issue. We have also taught that the Bible is clear that we are to treat the immigrant and foreigner in our midst with justice, mercy, and compassion (Exodus 12:49, Exodus 22:21; Leviticus 19:33-34, Leviticus 24:22; Deuteronomy 10:18-19; Jeremiah 7:5-7; Jeremiah 22:3-5; Ezekiel 47:21-22; Matthew 25:31-46; Romans 12:13; Hebrews 13:1-2, to name a few).

Therefore, I’d invite us all to pray for families that have been separated, and pray for wisdom, mercy, and justice for all elected leaders to find a fair and just permanent resolution to the problem. We can also continue to hold politicians from both parties accountable to argue less and work together to find permanent solutions. For further information from a non-partisan Christian source, we can also go to

Lord Jesus, we pray that you give all of us and our leaders wisdom to find a solution that reflects your heart for all people, and we pray for your strength for separated families.

-Scott Dudley

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