We’ve all seen the turmoil, distress and divisiveness in the news over the past week. The President’s Executive Order “banning” people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States is still in legal deadlock. I am no legal expert, so I am certainly having trouble following all the twists and turns. But I do believe this: our fellow human beings are in distress, and the Bible clearly tells us to welcome the immigrant and the stranger. In fact, there are close to 100 references to welcoming “the other” in the Hebrew Scriptures and New Testament! For example, “When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Leviticus 19:33-34.)
After church this Sunday, please join me in welcoming Marcia Hohn, who will share with us data and policy information on refugees in America. Please join us in the parlor to learn the facts, engage in discussion, and perhaps talk about what we as a church might do!
Blessings to you all for a safe week!