If you support the GOP’s stance on refugees and immigrants, you are not a Christian. It’s that simple. You can use all the alternative facts and rhetorical tricks you like. It will not change the reality that you are directly disobeying God’s commandments for His people.
The ideas of immigrants and refugees are core to both Judaism and Christianity and the Old and New Testaments of the Bible are very clear on how we should treat strangers, immigrants, and refugees. Below are some of the Biblical passages that spell out your duty as a Christian.
Exodus 22:21 (http://biblehub.com/exodus/22-21.htm)
“Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt.
Exodus 23:9 (http://biblehub.com/exodus/23-9.htm)
“You shall not oppress a stranger, since you yourselves know the feelings of a stranger, for you also were strangers in the land of Egypt.
Leviticus 19:33-34 (http://biblehub.com/leviticus/19-33.htm)
“When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt; I am the LORD your God.”
Deuteronomy 10:18-19 (http://biblehub.com/deuteronomy/10-18.htm)
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.
Matthew 25:34-45 (http://biblehub.com/niv/matthew/25.htm)
Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.
Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.
“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.’
“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
Galatians 5:14 (http://biblehub.com/galatians/5-14.htm)
For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Luke 10:29-37 (http://biblehub.com/luke/10-29.htm)
But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denariie and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
Millions of Americans are calling themselves Christians while supporting the GOP’s policies. The Bible makes clear that these people are either openly lying or profoundly deceiving themselves.
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