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In border wall fight, compassion mixes with concern

By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle

As a Christian, U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie worships with a bilingual congregation that shares the Gospel with Spanish speakers and feeds the hungry without concern for immigration status.

As a congressman, the Kentucky Republican points to a definite “crisis at the border” and supports President Donald Trump’s push to build a $5.7 billion wall separating the United States from Mexico.

The 54-year-old politician sees no conflict in his dual roles.

“I heard somebody say the other day, ‘We all have to have a heart for what’s going on at the border, but we also have to have a plan,’” Guthrie told The Christian Chronicle.

The sixth-term House member is one of three U.S. representatives who are members of Churches of Christ. The other two are freshman lawmakers: Rep. Lance Gooden, R-Texas, and Rep. John Rose, R-Tenn.

Both newcomers were elected in Trump-friendly districts after promising to fight illegal immigration.

“I believe that we have to protect the country, and we can still do that and be compassionate to folks,” said Gooden, 36, a member of the Rockwall and Brin Church of Christ in Terrell, Texas, east of Dallas.

“But we’ve got to make sure that we’re protecting our borders and taking care of our citizens first,” he added, as the weeks-long federal government shutdown that began Dec. 22 dragged on. “It’s the biggest issue in my district back home.”

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This story appears in the February 2019 edition of The Christian Chronicle. It was picked up by Religion News Service and distributed on its national wire.

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