The Alien Among Us
There are a lot of Christians who want to speak about immigration. They want to spout off how the government isn’t protecting them, how these people need to go home, and how everyone seems to think that their point of view is the right point of view. I have yet to see one of these Christians who claim the actions of groups such as the one who released the names of 1200 alleged undocumented immigrants use the word of God to justify their claims.
Would you like to know why?
Because God has a lot to say on the subject of how to treat them. Let’s start with the most obvious:
“You must not mistreat or oppress foreigners in any way. Remember, you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt.” Exodus 22:21
“‘When an alien lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him. 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.” Leviticus 19:33-34
“Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!” Hebrews 13:2
“The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” Mark 12:31
God makes it very clear – the way we treat our immigrants is as unChristian as it gets. Would Jesus be pleased if he came back and saw these men and women working in dangerous conditions for less than minimum wage and no protections? Is it a Christian witness to abuse and misuse those whom God has specifically commanded us to not mistreat? It seems that many Christians are ignoring the word of God.