by Luis Alvarez and Jose Humphreys
For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing. And you are to love those who are aliens, for you yourselves were aliens in Egypt. – Deut. 10:17-19
Members of the Latino Leadership Circle, Jose Humphreys, Omar Ortiz , JC Morales, and Luis Alvarez took part of a march across the Brooklyn Bridge, this Saturday April 1st. Thousands of concerned Americans rallied against the HR 4437 bill being considered in congress.
The event was an exciting harmony of individuals and groups. Immigrants of various countries were represented. Mexican, Columbian,
Dominican, Argentinean, Brazilian and American Flags flew proudly on an overcast yet beautiful spring day. Documented as well as the undocumented, recent immigrants as well as 1st generation Dominicans and 3rd generation Puerto Ricans were part of this historic rally. ::Video Clip::
One of the most promising aspects of this rally was that the Latino Church was at the forefront of this movement. Leaders of the Pentecostal, Evangelical churches and community organizations, such as Rev. Ruben Diaz, Rev. Adolfo Carrion Sr. and Rev. Ray Rivera spearheaded this event.
Arguably,the rally is indicative of the Latino Christian Church in NYC entering into a new era of holistic and contextual ministry in the 21st century. It certainly indicates the presence of a grassroots Latino Theology that cuts across denominational and organizational distinctions, "seeking the welfare of the city" and "loving the alien because we were once aliens."
As we crossed the Brooklyn Bridge, there were a group of Pentecostal women singing "mira que te mando, que seas valiente…" a song found in the book of Joshua translated, "Be strong and courageous, for the Lord your God is with you." We recorded this song via a Treo 650 (aaah, the wonder of technology) and we witnessed a transcendental moment for Latino Pentecostalism . The movement of the Spirit outside the culto (church service) into the realm of community justice for the stranger and the least of these.