The Wandering Soul – What does God have to say about immigrants
During this time of opposition and differences in our government leaders, we begin to wonder what is actually right or fair? To many, survival comes in the form of securing our country borders, our airlines, and Ports. Maintaining or making improvements to our national security is very important. Some don’t seem to care, others fail to recognize the need, while others react by fear. We, as a nation have all kinds of nationalities. We may not understand each others culture, yet we have our own opinions about immigrants. We understand, that these people are fleeing from poverty, violence, corruption, and a government, that is lacking responsibility or accountability.
We, as Americans, what are we to do? What is our POTUS doing? Why can’t we all unite, be united and see this as a national security issue? Yet, what does God (YHWH) have to say about foreigners – immigrants? First of all, we must…
1. Obey the law – Applies to all Citizens, foreigners, and immigrants
Romans 13:1-7 states, that we are to “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be ordained of God. (2) Whosoever, therefore, resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinances of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. (3) For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same. (4) For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid for he beareth not the sword in vain:: for he is a minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. (5) Wherefore, ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath but also for conscience sake. (6) For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. (7) Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.
2. True justice to ALL
Zechariah 7:9-10 states, “This is what the LORD Almighty said: Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.”
3. All must follow the LAW of the LAND they are in
Exodus 12:49 states, “The same law applies both to the native-born and to the foreigner residing among you.”
4. No withholding of justice nor oppress
Exodus 22:21 and 23:9 states, ” Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner
5. Provide food and clothing
Deuteronomy 10:18 states, “He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing.
6. Fair working wages and rights
Deuteronomy 24:15 states, Do not the take advantage of a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether that worker is a fellow Israelite (citizen) or a foreigner residing in one of your towns.
7. Worship ONE GOD (YHWH) So we may we may prosperity and be a free nation
Jeremiah 7:5-7 states, “If you really change our ways and your actions and deal with each other justly, if you do not oppress the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm, then I will let you live in this place, in the land I gave your ancestors forever and ever.
In closing and with this in mind, If we fail to do 1 through 7, we run the risk of failing to comply with Matthew 25:35, whereas, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.”
Think about it, America is a great nation! We have done so much, we were founded by God-fearing immigrant people. Unfortunately, generations later, we have become a divided nation becoming a godless nation, free to all country. Moral values are decreasing and crime is increasing… yet we must still respect those that need our help…. it does not mean we become a careless nation. We need to follow the law, which applies to Immigration and to all. As a result, we can continue to be that great, God-fearing nation who is mighty and strong. America can continue to be in God’s favor – blessing with freedom and prosperity…
Together, we stand united. Our Pledge of Allegiance (revised 1954) states, “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” And if we are ONE Nation under GOD, then 1 – 7 should be of concern to our government officials and to our POTUS.
Pastor Gracie Renteria
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