A Stranger and the Least of These

A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.
– Matthew 2:18

There is an ancient story of a powerful King named Herod the Great, who, fearing rumors of a new King born in the town of Bethlehem, ordered that every male child two and younger be seized and killed. As the story goes, the newborn king who caused Herod so much anxiety had already been smuggled by his mother and father out of the country, into neighboring Egypt, where they remained until word that Herod had finally died. That newborn king’s name is Jesus, and He himself was a foreigner in another land.

Today, in the United States, by decree of the State, men scour the border, looking for the young fathers and mothers, often with young children in tow, who are fleeing tyranny and persecution at the hands of dangerous drug lords and, just as often, their own governments. They come, hungry, cold, desperate in the night, wanting only to find safety in a country that claims to be a land of liberty and justice. Instead, they find men with guns, who lock them in a car, drive them to be caged, and then separate them from their children.

In insult to injury, a small, sniveling, and evil man dares to cite the words of the Apostle Paul to justify the actions of the state against sojourners in our lands. However, the Apostle Paul also wrote “And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve. (2 Corinthians 11:14-15). And the Bible is very clear about how foreigners (sojourners) are to be treated by believers:

  • Exodus 22:21 – “Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt.
  • Leviticus 19:9 – “Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am the Lord your God.
  • Leviticus 19:34 – “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.
  • Deuteronomy 10:18-19 – “He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.
  • Psalm 146:9 – “The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.
  • Matthew 5:19-20 – “Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
  • Matthew 7:12 – “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
  • Matthew 25:41-43 – “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
  • Ephesians 2:19 – “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.

While it is reasonable to seek to control the border and to have a just immigration policy that balances the needs of the individual against the realities of national security, those who take the Word and twist it to justify unconscionable terror tactics against mothers and their children befitting the worst villains of the Bible shall pay a price, as will all those who support them while they do so.

It is the patriot’s solemn duty to fight state tyranny. This is tyranny.

 


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