20 November 2008

Aliens

Laying in bed last night thinking, I had to get up and write this.

I once talked to a Christian man with very strong political beliefs. The conversation turned to immigration, and he complained about how "the Mexicans" come into our country and refuse to learn our language.

But I am reminded of a scripture: "[God] defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing." - Deuteronomy 10:18

Are we loving the aliens as God does? Are we giving them food and clothing? Or are we expecting them to conform to our society, the very society that was built on diversity? Some may say they don't deserve the benefits of the society if they refuse to assimilate.

Then we don't deserve anything either. For although God has a brought us into a new land, full of grace, we often prefer to stay in our own, self-controlled land. In this land, we are aliens.

"And you are to love those who are aliens, for you yourselves were aliens in Egypt." - Deuteronomy 10:19

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