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Illegal immigration. Families being separated. Chaos at the border. These have been hot button issues on the news. You have likely seen your friends post their opinions all over social media as well. It seems everyone has something to say about how we should treat families trying to cross the border illegally. You might have also have heard that as Christians, we should be welcoming to those seeking a home here, no matter their situation. However, is that really true? What does the Bible say? How should Christians feel about immigration, legal or otherwise? This timely video podcast published by Straight Truth looks at just this issue.
According to Dr. Richard Caldwell, a guest on this podcast, Christians are taught throughout the Bible to have compassion on strangers or immigrants. He even calls the children of Israel strangers or immigrants of that time. However, he does give the caveat that Christians are also supposed to honor the laws of our nation and to respect authority. This means that Christians must maintain the rule of law while still being compassionate to the needs of people seeking to better their lives. That’s a delicate balance to be sure.
The podcast goes on to explain that not all illegal immigrants are here for the same reasons. Some of them are certainly seeking a better life, are even trying to get away from persecution. However, this isn’t always the case. In many situations, we simply don’t know why they are here.
Have you ever thought about the fact that we are strangers here on earth? We are in essence immigrants as we aren’t supposed to be of this world. Therefore, we must be careful to treat others as we would want to be treated as we are in the same boat. As Luke 6:31 says “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Watch the rest of the video to learn more about this important issue.