READ: Sign Outside United Methodist Church Building Reads ‘I Was a Stranger and You Tear Gassed Me…Wait a Second’

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 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.

Some called on Evangelical Christians – many of whom support Trump – to follow the church’s message.

This isn’t the first sign the UMC building has brandished to criticize the actions at the border.

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Evan Brechtel

Evan is a writer and editor based in New York. In addition to his work with Second Nexus, he freelances for a variety of sites addressing topics of queer culture and history. You can find his other work at Twitter: @EvanBrechtel