Pondering the news…

The current debate on immigration has gotten me thinking (uhh ohh). Our leaders, at the city, state and federal level invoke Jesus and God, so I was interested to see some of the things the Bible says about 'aliens' in our midsts.

Leviticus 19:33 – 34 says:
33 When an alien lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him. 34 The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.

Exodus 23:9 says:
Do not oppress an alien; you yourselves know how it feels to be aliens, because you were aliens in Egypt.

Deuteronomy 10:17-19 says:
17 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. 18 He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing. 19 And you are to love those who are aliens, for you yourselves were aliens in Egypt.

I'm keeping these ideas in my head, especially in lite of the recently proposed legislation that would make it a felony to aid illegal aliens. Would I, and many other people in America, be felons for obeying these commands from God?

<down off the soapbox now>

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3 thoughts on “Pondering the news…

  1. I love those verses, but my friend reminded me of something that I perhaps wouldn’t have thought of and might be relevant to you as well: just because those verses say to treat aliens fairly does NOT mean that we can’t require them to be taxed and regulated – all native citizens of our country have to do this; therefore, it is fair that we require them to do that. šŸ™‚ As the first verse says, we have to treat them as “one of [our] native-born.”

  2. Will

    I hadn’t thought of the first part of that verse in that way. Thanks for making me think this morning.

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