Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Welcoming the foreigner

Do I really need to give examples to show what most human beings think about foreigners? Consider the words we use to describe them: alien, stranger, gringo. In the Old Testament, foreigners were unclean as far as Israel was concerned. But the Lord told Israel, over and over, to treat the alien by the same laws and standards as the Israelite. Later, in the New Testament, Jewish Christians answered the call to welcome Gentiles into the Kingdom of God.

It’s a good thing God cares about strangers. There wouldn’t be a drop of hope for any of us otherwise.

(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley