immigration

He ensures that orphans and widows receive justice. He shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing. So you, too, must show love to foreigners, for you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt. Deuteronomy 10:18-19

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:39

Immigration?

On the personal level: I’m the daughter of an immigrant and the great-granddaughter of immigrants. My family was once “one of them” too.

On the Geo-political level: We have known for many years now that they have been working on incrementally implementing new political-geographical arrangements for global boundaries; that the plan for a North American Union, uniting Canada, USA and Mexico, has been in the works. This should not be a shock to us at this point.

On the physical level: Are these people not our neighbors? We have plenty of ways by which we can obey Jesus teachings about neighbors, by being concerned with their welfare, needs and provision. God is concerned for immigrants. He is concerned for travelers and sojourners. He is concerned for neighbors. He is concerned for foreigners. And many of them are also our brethren in Christ. Whether they know Him yet or not, how beautiful could our witness to them or our fellowship with them be, if we realize our role in their lives?

On the spiritual level : We know that USA or “America” or North America or this world, is not our kingdom. Jesus is our kingdom and His kingdom is eternal and transcends whatever changes are happening physically, culturally and politically in the kingdoms and nations of the world system. We are not bound by those things. Nothing hinders us. Our kingdom is not of “this world”. We are free to be and live HIS kingdom.

Iraqis are my neighbor?

For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the (statement),

“YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” Gal.5:14 (Matt.22:39)

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“While I was writing this book, the United States entered into war with Iraq to remove from power its dictator, Saddam Hussein. Immediately, the local churches began placing American flags on the church lawns. Church billboards carried slogans such as: “God bless America”, and “Pray for our troops”. But I didn’t see even one billboard that said, “Pray for the people of Iraq.” Even though the purpose of the war was to remove Hussein from power, it was going to be the ordinary Iraqi people- men, women, children, and babies– who were going to die in the invasion. But apparently no church thought about reminding us to pray for them.” -David W. Bercot