Refugees, Immigrants — Aliens in the land. How ARE we to respond?

Leviticus 19:33-34
if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him — The Israelites were to hold out encouragement to strangers to settle among them, that they might be brought to the knowledge and worship of the true God; and with this in view, they were enjoined to treat them not as aliens, but as friends, on the ground that they themselves, who were strangers in Egypt, were at first kindly and hospitably received in that country.

Lev 19:33 And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not do him wrong.
Lev 19:34 The stranger that sojourneth with you shall be unto you as the home-born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were sojourners in the land of Egypt: I am Jehovah your God.

Read the above VERY carefully…

Over the last few years, here in Australia we have people coming to this country on boats, illegally. They are referred to as ‘boat people’, and to some as ‘queue jumpers’. They come with NO identification which is problematic, and they come via people smugglers and have paid around $10,000 per person to get on a rickety boat which is extremely dangerous and many lives have been lost on this journey.

I also know that America, Canada, and the UK have the same illegal immigration problems. I read about it on Facebook ALL the time, and there is a lot of emotions on both sides of the debate as to what the solution could be. On one hand, you have people talking about the illegal immigrants getting handouts for this and that which is paid for via peoples taxes, and there is a lot of anger about that. On the other hand you have the left wing notion of… let EVERYONE in regardless, we are a wealthy nation and we need to help those who are searching for a better life to live without fear in our fair democratic country. The two sides are a miles apart and can be quite upsetting for those that argue their point. I hate getting into this argument!

When I read a few articles on this matter, I was reminded of Israel, and how God commanded Israel to be kind to ‘aliens’, to treat them well in hopes of bringing the ‘alien’ into a relationship with the God of Israel. My questions to all the readers of this blog are these:

Do you think that the Western nations are acting in a biblical way towards the ‘alien/s’ that arrive in search for a better life?

Is this an opportunity to open up the gospel to those who have never heard of it before?

What about the financial cost of embracing the ‘alien’, will God honour a country financially that has opened up its borders?

Another thing that I see is that Western nations are REALLY scared of losing their Christian/Judeo identity and heritage which is the very foundation of every democratic country in the West. They are scared about becoming a divided nation because of very STRONG religious ties that these ‘aliens’ have with their religion that often result in changing of the laws to suit a minority group.

The left wingers are all for multi-culturalism, and have a deep seated hate for the word ‘assimilation’. But even a cursory look at Europe shows that multi-culturalism has failed. The countries in Europe have somewhat lost democratic freedom for all, and gained segregation and virtual ghettos with groups that use to be a minority that are proving to be a force to be reckoned with. These same groups DON’T want democratic freedom for their ilk and even for their adoptive country! Democratic freedom for all is being tested and fought against because of religious freedom. This so complicated it makes my head hurt!

The other thing I think about is this… as the Church has become more and more part of the world and has lost its salt and light to the nations, will this have an affect? Can these Christian/Judeo nations stand up against an influx of pagan religions and practices? Will it be able to open up the gospel in this politically correct world we live in?

I guess my first question would be…

What would God want us to do? Has He addressed this and given us a model to go by, even if it means that the West and everyone living in a Christian/Judeo country could very well end up being persecuted because of the gospel that we are commanded to share? Are we ready for that? Are we spiritually grown up enough to go through persecution even if that meant that we were able to share the gospel with even one ‘alien’ that we have come in contact with? Is this a God ordained opportunity to spread the Word of God to a people that would have not had the opportunity in their countries?

These are a lot of questions, I don’t have the answers. I just want to do what God wants me to do.

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6 thoughts on “Refugees, Immigrants — Aliens in the land. How ARE we to respond?

  1. Good questions. We find ourselves in a dilemma when we try to balance our Christian values with what we have learned and believed about being responsible citizens. May God lead and guide us into the right behavior and attitudes toward those who are seeking a better life

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    • I see the dilemma on so many sides. Politically, socially, spiritually, financially. It’s a real can of worms when looked at from all of these angles. It’s not a cut and dry issue and whatever happens, it WILL have a direct bearing on our nations, our Churches and on our freedoms. Are we willing to trust in God, open up to the ‘alien’ and know that He will give us strength and counsel even during our possible persecution.

      Thanks for you comment iamgracie

      Sincerely

      Vee

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  2. Thank you for this. I live in Canada and I am a Christian studying human rights who has often asked this question. Honestly, I find it frustrating when I hear Christians say that countries like Australia, Canada and the USA were built on Christian values yet are guilty of so many abuses against blacks and Natives. When I go to school I here about all the horrible things that ‘Christians’ are guilty of and attempts to defend my faith feel futile. Refugees are to be welcomed, but any behaviour that threatens democracy should not be tolerated. The truth is that some immigrant communities (including some Muslims) are more open to the Gospel than native-born Canadians. They are the ones at my university who are starting the atheist groups and aggressively proselyting on campus. Tell me your thought on my comments please. I need to hear another Christian’s perspective on this. 🙂 God bless you!

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    • Shalom,

      Thanks for your thoughtful comment. I agree with you 100% that the Western democracy should not be overturned because of a minority group of immigrants/refugees. I think that is what scares a lot of people when they consider what is happening in their democratic countries. Europe is a perfect example of freedoms being challenged because of the influx of a people who have come with different views to law and social conduct. We are living in very interesting times, that is for sure. And at the end of it, all we can do is pray and witness to those we come in contact with as the Holy Spirit prompts.

      In Christ

      Vee

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  3. I have hesitated in making a comment – it is indeed a difficult subject. I don’t think Australia will be a wealthy nation for too much longer by the way. That being said, what about Christians in various countries being tortured for their faith?

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    • Lee,

      I think that our Christian brothers and sisters who are being persecuted for their faith are being forgotten. I just wonder how many of these refugees are actually these same Christians. We don’t hear about what percentage from what faith are coming over. I have never investigated it. Thanks for your comment.

      Sincerely

      Vee

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