August 15, 2017
Strangers and Aliens were To Assimilate
Leviticus 19:33-35 (KJB) And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him. 34 But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God. 35 Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment, in meteyard, in weight, or in measure.
Yes, God certainly desires for us to love others. He does not want us to persecute and treat aliens and strangers ill, or refuse for them to dwell in our land.
However, do not stop without reading and applying verse thirty-three into the situation.
Reading only the first verse gives us a wrong understanding of God’s intention for our expected love and openness to strangers in our land. Verse thirty-four begins with a BUT. This is merely a pausing point or a conjunction for bringing together a complete thought by compiling together the truth of both verses.
Verse thirty-four teaches us that strangers and aliens should choose to willingly assimilate, or as God clearly presents “be unto you as one born among you…”
The truth is God does not expect any country or sovereign nation to unhinge its borders for allowing entry by absolutely everyone who desires to come in. Especially for those who desire to live and do as he or she chooses, rather than living as God would desire them, according to His will and way.
Yes, God expects the stranger who comes into a land to follow the rules and regulations established by the host. Not make up and follow their own set of rules and agenda.
Yes, God expects Christians to continue in brotherly love in this age of grace for anyone God has place divinely upon our pathway.
Perhaps opening the gate to allow aliens and stranger in is a divine opportunity for sowing seeds of His gospel message:
Hebrews 13:1-2 (KJB) Let brotherly love continue. 2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
The “spiritual bottom line”: Yes, unconditionally love strangers and aliens. Allow those who desire to live in agreement with your country and men, according to already established and acceptable laws and rules, to come without unnecessary restraint.
However, for those who desire to make and follow their own law or their native land’s law and rule, rather than laws established and upheld by those in authority, they should be checked and ultimately refused entry.