The world was shocked when border patrol agents – on orders from the Trump administration – launched tear gas at asylum seekers attempting to cross the border. Pictures showed the immigrants – many of whom were children – covering their eyes and running away from the gas.
Now, the United Methodist Church Building in Washington, D.C. is joining the chorus of voices against violence toward asylum seekers.
The United Methodist Building in Washington, DC. “I was a stranger and you tear gassed me…Wait a second.” Proud to be a United Methodist minister. Resist. pic.twitter.com/sJkJ5j9PqT
— Michele Shields (@kahumikala) November 30, 2018
The sign alludes to Matthew 25:35, which reads:
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.”
The UMC Building is located next to the Supreme Court building and only a short walk from the Capitol, so it’s likely that many lawmakers will see the sign.
Twitter praised the message.
A Methodist Church in DC has a sign that reads, "I was a stranger and you tear gassed me." SHOOOOK 😲😲😲
— Trav (@TravOfficial_) November 29, 2018
— Kevin1928 (@vector1928) November 30, 2018
Some called on Evangelical Christians – many of whom support Trump – to follow the church’s message.
Wish more churches lived up to this example.
— Geri Ryan (@GeriRyan2) November 30, 2018
This isn’t the first sign the UMC building has brandished to criticize the actions at the border.