I Was A Stranger- Passage 11

Deuteronomy 1:16 is a command from Moses:

And I charged your judges at that time, “Hear the disputes between your people and judge fairly,whether the case is between two Israelites or between an Israelite and a foreigner residing among you.”

This is what he said to the leading men of the tribes he had made judges in Israel as they were heading towards the promise land. Moses was delegating the tasks of making judicial decisions that were more common civil matters to them so he could focus on the bigger cases in the community. This was a good system in theocratic Israel.

Today, we are faced with many factors about how to treat foreigner’s in our judicial system. Documents, Visas, permits- all necessary things- have important value to people who are immigrating to our nation. What do these have to do with you as a Christian? Well most likely if you are reading this blog you can read English and you recognize God’s love for people of all nationalities, races, and ethnicities. Therefore, if immigration reform is important to you I would recommend two courses of action:

1) See if there are any local organizations you can become a part of to help aid people who are immigrants or are applying for citizenship/worker status in your community with getting access to resources for language learning, citizenship classes, jobs, and even religious services.

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2) Register for the New Wine, New Wineskins Immigration Reform conference. It is going to be April 27th at Multnomah University in Portland, OR.

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