Welcoming Foreigners, Welcoming Christ

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Original image: Carl Heinrich Bloch (1834-1890), Christ with Thorns (Wikimedia)

      For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt. (Deuteronomy 10:17-19.)

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4 Responses to Welcoming Foreigners, Welcoming Christ

  1. roscuro says:

    I have seen the argument that this doesn’t apply to us now, because it is part of the law given to Moses. However, I think that those who argue that are willfully ignoring the fact that the passage, although found in the law of Moses, presents one of the deep themes of Scripture. The line of welcoming the stranger is a recurring theme in Scripture, from Abraham’s welcome to the three strangers, to Boaz protecting Ruth, to the admonition in Hebrews 13:2, “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares”. The last line of the Deuteronomy passage is not only echoed in Christ’s words in the parable of the sheep and goats, but also in this line from I Peter, which is a book all about how to live in a world that is hostile to Christians, “I plead with you brothers, as strangers and pilgrims…” (2:11). Christians are strangers in this world, and so, like the Israelites, we must love the stranger.

  2. Pastor Bob says:

    I understand Kevin’s thoughts on this. Yet, by itself the quotes above are not what he thinks either. What a troubled world we are in when we cannot act kindly without the possibility it hurt somewhere else. How sad when the kind that feeds is bitten, How sad when evil is spoken of good, Time to pray when those who need help are deceptive,

    Jesus did tell us a few times to be careful. Our response(s) need not be one of gullibility, nor should it be too powerful, nor unkind. That is why the Fruit of the Spirit includes, Discernment,

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