Immigration…

Deut. 10:17 “For the LORD your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God who does not show partiality nor take a bribe. 18 “He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing. 19 “So show your love for the alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.

In my adventures of reading through the bible this year, I can across this gem of a verse and it strikes me in different ways as I look at the present situation of our country and the issues surrounding immigration and the alien amongst us.

At present there is a bipartisan bill before congress which would deal with the immigration issues. Some would say that it is too lenient, others say too harsh. I have not done enough research on this issue presently to have a good opinion myself. One Lutheran institution, the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (http://www.lirs.org/) that deals directly with immigration issues has issued a strong letter which states that it is certainly not satisfied that this bill deals with the issues in such a way that Christians should be convinced that aliens and refugees are being taken care of properly.

On the one hand, I have great compassion for the refugee or alien amongst us. The fact is that if any of us were working for a pittance in Mexico and our families were suffering, we would do exactly as they do in order to survive. Should we be unconcerned or even prejudice against someone trying to feed their family? Our Lord is not unconcerned or prejudice – and neither should we.

And yet, I was listening to Issues Etc. (www.kfuo.org) and some analysis of a new survey that states that there is a substantial minority of Muslims immigrants here in the US are sympathetic toward those who might resort to violence to continue the spread of Islamic government. Would I think it a serious consideration of government to limit the number of immigrants from Islamic countries? I am tempted! They do not come, for the most part, because they are desperate for a life. What the study found was that they come to the US for reasons other than to integrate into the society and seek after the “American dream”.

For those who are in need, our attitude should be very generous (although NOT dismissive of the law, of course). But perhaps we might be wise to be more careful of our accommodating those who would “by faith” do damage to a peaceable country. But how can we do this in a “Christian” way? How can we as a nation do this without being hateful or prejudice? This is a difficult thing! May God bless us as we share in the task!