Does the Bible speak to recent policy changes? Decide for yourself:
Cursed be anyone who deprives the alien…of justice.
When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. 34 The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.
You shall not oppress a sojourner. You know the heart of a sojourner, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt
And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.
When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
Love does no wrong to a neighbor, therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me
Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God
Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares
You shall allot it as an inheritance for yourselves and for the sojourners who reside among you and have had children among you. They shall be to you as native-born children of Israel. With you they shall be allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel. In whatever tribe the sojourner resides, there you shall assign him his inheritance, declares the Lord God
The people of the land have practiced extortion and committed robbery. They have oppressed the poor and needy, and have extorted from the sojourner without justice.
There shall be one law for the native and for the stranger who sojourns among you.
Thus says the Lord: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place."
“If you do not oppress the alien…then I will dwell with you in this place…”
Do no oppress the alien.
…Bring good news to the poor…release to the captives…sight to the blind...let the oppressed go free.
Community means caring: caring for people. Dietrich Bonhoeffer says: "He who loves community destroys community; he who loves the brethren builds community." A community is not an abstract ideal. We are not striving for a perfect community. Community is not an ideal; it is people. It is you and I. In community we are called to love people just as they are with their wounds and their gifts, not as we would want them to be. Community means giving them space, helping them to grow. It means also receiving from them so that we too can grow. It is giving each other freedom; it is giving each other trust; it is confirming but also challenging each other. We give dignity to each other, in a spirit of trust and of dying to oneself so that the other may live, grow and give. - Jean Vanier "From Brokenness to Community"
Holy and Amazing God, make Your presence known to us today. We come to You, just as we are; saints, sinners, people who make mistakes. Help us to let go of anything that is not of You. Help us to know that our self-worth does not depend on our ability to hold on to our own lives, but our dependence on Your Strength and Power to release ourselves into Your hands as clay to be shaped and molded in community.
God of Wisdom and Strength, make Your Holy Presence known to us today. Give us Your Vision for our lives, our community and our world. Clear away the fog and the weights of complacency through Jesus the Christ, so we may catch a glimpse of Your Glory in the here and now. Help us O God, to live and grow in community by Your Holy Spirit to become what You have dreamed and created us to be.
We pray in your many names and in Jesus' name. Amen
prayer submitted by
REV. GINA DURBIN
ASSOCIATE PASTOR FOR CONGREGATIONAL CARE
King of Peace MCC