And I will come near you for judgment; I will be a swift witness
against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans,
and against those who turn away an alien –
because they do not fear Me,”
Says the LORD of hosts. (NKJV)
Alright folks, so why is it we are willing to turn away the refugees trying to get into America? Hidden terrorists in their midst…they will be a drain on our struggling economy and a drain on government resources (money, infrastructure, and equipment)? Those are the main three I have heard and have subscribed to myself.
But why does this mindset go against several passages in the Old Testament that indicate aliens were to be accepted into the Israelite community? Keep reading…
Because the alien or foreigner mentioned in the Old Testament was assimilated into the Israelite culture and not allowed to retain their own culture if they wanted to be a part of the ‘system’. Reference: Deuteronomy 31:9-13, Exodus 12:48-49
Further validation: Deuteronomy 28:15 – “But is shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:” (then it lists a whole bunch of things that will happen including:) “the alien who is among you shall rise higher and higher above you, and you shall come down lower and lower. He shall lend to you, but you shall not lend to him; he shall be the head, and you shall be the tail.” vs 43-44 NKJV
Let’s translate this into today’s culture. Christians are not living holy lives that show those around them their faith in action. We watch the same shows, gossip about the same Hollywood and political drama, talk like non-believers, dress like non-believers, divorce like non-believers, commit adultery (including pornography and emotional adultery), lie, steal, cheat (schools are abhorrent for this), and more. Then when foreigners start ‘threatening’ our borders we are scared to death of letting them in. People, we have more of a problem than letting terrorists into our country.
“Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourself to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:13-16 NKJV
It is up to each person to study and learn what the holiness of God in the life of the believer looks like. The teachings of Jesus coupled with the epistles of Paul, James, John, and Peter give new covenant guidance, but don’t neglect the Old Testament instructions. There is wisdom to be found there as well.
The plank is in my eye too. Let’s focus on our planks and remove them so that we can see clearly and shine clearly as lights in a dark and sinful world.