Hot Topics... Immigration/Xenophobia
And if a stranger dwells with you in your land, you shall not mistreat him. The stranger who dwells among you shall be to you as one born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
I learned why my family came to America centuries ago. The adventure involved serfdom, bondage, rape and one couple's great escape. They were spunky pioneers, fleeing tyranny to find a better life.
Admittedly, I'm partial to pilgrims, because God says we're pilgrims, too. Eternally speaking, we're citizens of Heaven here on assignment. Physically speaking, almost all Americans were first immigrants.
I don't think our borders should be open, but I'd like to see an easier path for others who are oppressed, as we were. Loving our neighbors is God's directive.
I don't agree about the loss of jobs, fearing that immigrants will make them scarce. I believe our God can create new jobs, new space and more than enough abundance.
I will not speak political hate talk, because hate accomplishes nothing good. But I will open my mouth and my arms as best I can and without contention.*
# Hot Topics... Immigrants/Xenophobia (Part 40)
* Previous Devotions:
* Poor People, Our Gates:
* Write Nobody Off:
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hot Topics series.