by bquasius <http://cafeconlecherepublicans.com/?author=1>
by Tony Hernandez (original from Tony’s blog <http://myreturnhome.wordpress.com/2012/02/24/i-was-a-stranger-and-you-took-me-in/> )
There are many angels to the immigration debate. One that has been forgotten, is how Christians should treat immigrants and how to respond to laws that attempt to hinder immigration.
Instead of giving my opinions and thoughts, I’d like to share what the Bible teaches us on this matter. My wish, is that whenever a Christian has a question about immigration, they can use this as a resource as to what our faith teaches us.
Full disclosure: These verses were not combined through my tireless study of scripture. They come from Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform and can be found here <http://faithandimmigration.org/content/about-ccir> .
There are many versions of the Bible. I used New Advent’s online Bible <http://www.newadvent.org/bible/gen001.htm> . It has all three versions of the Bible; Ancient Greek, English, and Latin.
How Everyone, Regardless of Immigration Status, Should be Treated
Genesis 1:26-2726 And he said: Let us make man to our image and likeness, and let him have dominion over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and the beasts, and the whole earth, and every creeping creature that moves upon the earth. 27 And God created man to his own image; to the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
6 Whosoever shall shed man’s blood, his blood shall be shed: for man was made to the image of God.
How To Treat Immigrants
18 He does judgment to the fatherless and the widow, loves the stranger, and gives him food and raiment. 19 And do you therefore love strangers, because you also were strangers in the land of Egypt.
18 Seek not revenge, nor be mindful of the injury of your citizens. You shall love your friend as yourself. I am the Lord.
33 If a stranger dwell in your land, and abide among you, do not upbraid him: 34 But let him be among you as one of the same country. And you shall love him as yourselves: for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.
31 And the second is like to it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.
25 And behold a certain lawyer stood up, tempting him and saying, Master, what must I do to possess eternal life? 26 But he said to him: What is written in the law? How do you read it? 27 He answering, said: You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with all your strength and with all your mind: and your neighbour as yourself. 28 And he said to him: You have answered right. This do: and you shall live. 29 But he willing to justify himself, said to Jesus: And who is my neighbour? 30 And Jesus answering, said: A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell among robbers, who also stripped him and having wounded him went away, leaving him half dead. 31 And it chanced, that a certain priest went down the same way: and seeing him, passed by. 32 In like manner also a Levite, when he was near the place and saw him, passed by. 33 But a certain Samaritan, being on his journey, came near him: and seeing him, was moved with compassion: 34 And going up to him, bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine: and setting him upon his own beast, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 And the next day he took out two pence and gave to the host and said: Take care of him; and whatsoever you shall spend over and above, I, at my return, will repay you. 36 Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbour to him that fell among the robbers? 37 But he said: He that showed mercy to him. And Jesus said to him: Go, and do in like manner.
How to Respond to Anti-Immigrant Laws
Woe to them that make wicked laws: and when they write, write injustice: 2 To oppress the poor in judgment, and do violence to the cause of the humble of my people: that widows might be their prey, and that they might rob the fatherless. 3 What will you do in the day of visitation, and of the calamity which comes from afar? To whom will you flee for help? And where will you leave your glory? 4 That you be not bowed down under the bond, and fall with the slain? In all these things his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
The word that came to Jeremias from the Lord, saying: 2 Stand in the gate of the house of the Lord, and proclaim there this word, and say: Hear the word of the Lord, all you men of Juda, that enter in at these gates, to adore the Lord. 3 Thus says the Lord of hosts the God of Israel: Make your ways and your doings good: and I will dwell with you in this place. 4 Trust not in lying words, saying: The temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, it is the temple of the Lord. 5 For if you will order well your ways, and your doings: if you will execute judgment between a man and his neighbour, 6 if you oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, and walk not after strange gods to your own hurt, 7 I will dwell with you in this place: in the land, which I gave to your fathers from the beginning and for evermore.
29 But Peter and the apostles answering, said: We ought to obey God rather than men.
Let every soul be subject to higher powers. For there is no power but from God: and those that are ordained of God. 2 Therefore, he that resists the power resists the ordinance of God. And they that resist purchase to themselves damnation. 3 For princes are not a terror to the good work, but to the evil. Will you then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good: and you shall have praise from the same. 4 For he is God’s minister to you, for good. But if you do that which is evil, fear: for he bears not the sword in vain. For he is God’s minister: an avenger to execute wrath upon him that does evil. 5 Wherefore be subject of necessity: not only for wrath, but also for conscience’s sake. 6 For therefore also you pay tribute. For they are the ministers of God, serving unto this purpose. 7 Render therefore to all men their dues. Tribute, to whom tribute is due: custom, to whom custom: fear, to whom fear:honour, to whom honor.
What Can Happen If We Do Not Heed His Call
31 And when the Son of man shall come in his majesty, and all the angels with him, then shall he sit upon the seat of his majesty. 32 And all nations shall be gathered together before him: and he shall separate them one from another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats: 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on his left. 34 Then shall the king say to them that shall be on his right hand: Come, you blessed of my Father, possess you the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you gave me to eat: I was thirsty, and you gave me to drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in: 36 Naked, and you covered me: sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came to me. 37 Then shall the just answer him, saying: Lord, when did we see you hungry and fed you: thirsty and gave you drink? 38 Or when did we see you a stranger and took you in? Or naked and covered you? 39 Or when did we see you sick or in prison and came to you? 40 And the king answering shall say to them: Amen I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me.41 Then he shall say to them also that shall be on his left hand: Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire, which was prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me not to eat: I was thirsty and you gave me not to drink. 43 I was a stranger and you took me not in: naked and you covered me not: sick and in prison and you did not visit me. 44 Then they also shall answer him, saying: Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison and did not minister to you? 45 Then he shall answer them, saying: Amen: I say to you, as long as you did it not to one of these least, neither did you do it to me. 46 And these shall go into everlasting punishment: but the just, into life everlasting.
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