In the wake of the recent occurrences with the large number of people trying to get into our country seeking asylum from others many people have quoted the Scriptures stating that we should be welcoming them in. Yes that is true, but there are some Scriptures that they conveniently forget that are of utmost importance. These immigrants are to be treated as if they are members of the society and not special and above the native born. If we cannot even care for our own why do we treat non-natives better?
And if a stranger sojourns among you and would keep the Passover to the Lord, according to the statute of the Passover and according to its rule, so shall he do. You shall have one statute, both for the sojourner and for the native.” Numbers 9:14
For the assembly, there shall be one statute for you and for the stranger who sojourns with you, a statute forever throughout your generations. You and the sojourner shall be alike before the Lord. One law and one rule shall be for you and for the stranger who sojourns with you.” Numbers 15:15-16
Lack of adherence to the local laws, statutes and practices is what leads to societal breakdown and disharmony.
If a person enters our country they are subject to the same laws of the land as the native born. If we cannot care for our own homeless and poverty stricken why do we give the money to the immigrant who has not proven loyalty to the laws of the land. We have spent more money helping outside countries than those who are in need here.
MSN has had many articles about poverty in the states and ways to help but people have ignored them. I have heard from many that they do not give to these charities because not enough goes to those who are in need and instead goes into the pockets of those in charge. Internet fundraising sites are getting a bad rap from misuse due to fake needs. There are ways of getting assistance but some are just too lazy to go about it the right and proper way.
There are some immigrants who have blended in and have become patriots of our society who follow the law but they are marred by those who continually make a bad name through illegally entering or coming in then committing a crime getting deported and reentering illegally again and committing another crime. It is a bad situation and must be stopped.
Those who welcome immigrants must be prepared to educate them into the ways of the land but first should open their doors to the native born in need. How can we help others if we cannot help ourselves?
The process for those seeking entrance into the country through asylum or desire citizenship need to be made aware of and should take an oath of acceptance of our rules and statutes prior to entering with the understanding that if they fail to abide and adhere then they will be deported. There should be no monetary assistance for them until they have fully integrated legally.
I know I sound rash and rough on this subject but if we cannot take care of our own in need then how do we justify taking care of those outside our sphere of influence. God told the Israelites to treat others as they would themselves (following the laws, statutes, principles, and adhering to God’s rule). Jesus had instructed us to take care of our own first so that all can help others in need. This is what we are to do.
Rob, Servant of God