The Jewish and Christian traditions both call us to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first.
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“For the LORD, your God, is the God of gods, the Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who has no favorites, accepts no bribes, who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and loves the resident alien, giving them food and clothing. So you too should love the resident alien, for that is what you were in the land of Egypt.”
These are the words that the bible says God spoke to Moses to deliver to the people of Israel.
Jesus also spoke similar words when he said, “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me” (Matthew 25:35).
He went on to say, “Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40).
This calls to mind what’s happening on our southern border.
This is not an “either-or” situation…where either you uphold the law with an iron fist or let all immigrants flood in with no regard to the nation’s security.
That type of dualistic black-or-white thinking is not helpful in complicated situations that take us into the gray areas of life.
Why not think “both-and”?
How can we both maintain security and deal with those who have come for asylum with compassion?
In the eyes of God…love is always the determining factor in how we address those in need.
We need more leaders who exemplify this attitude.
Each of us is called to do so as well.
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Remember…God loves you!