About two years ago I made comments in a post on one of my text books that I had serious issues with the way the author idolized the poor through a misuse of Scripture. Today, in our debate over immigration, I am afraid I am seeing the church do a similar thing with immigrants.
They are talking about the inclusiveness of the scripture, the passages in the Pentateuch about not oppressing the stranger. But they forget the regulations in the scriptures about the alien.
As you see the below scriptures, the alien is expected to follow the customs of the land. “one law to the homeborn” The stranger is to not be “vexed nor oppressed”, but also is to receive no special treatment. They need to follow all the laws of the land.
It can be summed up in: liberty and justice for all. No favoritism to the native born nor to the stranger. The stranger needs to be welcomed, put on equality, without special benefit.
See scriptures below:
Exodus 12:48-50King James Version (KJV)
48 And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the Lord, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.
49 One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.
50 Thus did all the children of Israel; as the Lord commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they.
Exodus 22:20-22King James Version (KJV)
20 He that sacrificeth unto any god, save unto the Lord only, he shall be utterly destroyed.
21 Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.
22 Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child.
Exodus 23:8-10King James Version (KJV)
8 And thou shalt take no gift: for the gift blindeth the wise, and perverteth the words of the righteous.
9 Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.
10 And six years thou shalt sow thy land, and shalt gather in the fruits thereof: