Top 7 Bible Verses About Immigration

Here are seven Bible verses about immigration.

Leviticus 19:33-34 “When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”

What seems to be a recent “hot button” issue was addressed thousands of years ago in Scripture and it was the fact that whenever a stranger joins the congregation, they are not to “do him (or her) wrong” but rather, “treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you.” That means, “you shall love him as yourself,” or as Jesus said, “you shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31). God reminds Israel (and us) that we too “were strangers in the land of Egypt,” or for believer’s, we were once a people, not of God, but of the world (2nd Cor 4:3-4), and dead in our sins (Eph 2:1-2).

Matthew 25:35 “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”

When Jesus was giving the church her marching orders (Matt 25:34-40), He included feeding the poor, visiting the sick and those in prison, and making strangers feel welcome, and some of those strangers may be people from a different nation. It doesn’t matter to Jesus because whatever we do for the “least of these,” His people, we are doing it unto Him (Matt 25:40), whether they’re immigrants or not.

Deuteronomy 27:19 “Cursed be anyone who perverts the justice due to the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’”

This is one of many places where God places a curse on anyone who does not ensure justice for the widows, orphans (the fatherless), and sojourners. They have just as much of a right to justice as do the citizens of this land. If any immigrant has entered the country and claimed the nation as his or her own, they are now part of this nation and as such, they have equal rights under the law.

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Hebrews 13:2 “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

We can’t be showing partiality to anyone who is different from us. Skin color or national origin doesn’t matter to God and it should not matter to us either. What does matter is that we love others as we love ourselves and that we show hospitality to strangers, regardless of where they’re from.

Zechariah 7:9-10 “Thus says the Lord of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another, do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.”

God has always been concerned about those who are on the fringes of society and are least able to defend themselves and their own rights, so God is speaking through Zechariah the Prophet that we are to render true judgments and not based upon who or what a person looks like. God is the defender of the widows, orphans, the poor, but also the sojourner. Besides, we too are sojourners because “our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Phil 3:20).

Ezekiel 47:22 “You shall allot it as an inheritance for yourselves and for the sojourners who reside among you and have had children among you. They shall be to you as native-born children of Israel. With you they shall be allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel.”

God wasn’t restricting people from other nations from joining the nation of Israel. Most people who don’t know the Bible that well believe that God was partial only to the nation of Israel, even though the Bible says He is no respecter of person (Acts 10:34), so neither should we have respect for one people over another. They too should be allotted the same rights as we have in this nation, just as in Israel, they were “allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel,” but they should do as the nation does and that is to live a life of obedience to God.

Jeremiah 7:5-7 ““For if you truly amend your ways and your deeds, if you truly execute justice one with another, if you do not oppress the sojourner, the fatherless, or the widow, or shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not go after other gods to your own harm, then I will let you dwell in this place, in the land that I gave of old to your fathers forever.”

Jeremiah is describing part of the problem with the ancient nation of Judah and why they were about to be sent into captivity. They had not been executing justice equally, but rather, they had been oppressing the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widows. Jeremiah gave them ample warning before sending His judgment, but as we know, they refused to listen and were sent off into captivity.

Conclusion

The Old Testament and New Testament show that God accepts the person regardless of their background or their national origin. Just as it says in Leviticus 25:35: “If your brother becomes poor and cannot maintain himself with you, you shall support him as though he were a stranger and a sojourner, and he shall live with you” because God “executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing” (Deut 10:18), so this is why in the coming Kingdom of God, or the New Jerusalem, that “people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God. And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last” (Luke 13:29-30).

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • Iain Lovejoy

    A very timely reminder, thankyou.

    • Jack Wellman

      Thank you my friend.

  • JohnnyO

    There is a world of difference between ‘a sojourner,’ and an organised mass invasion carried out by a people who are dedicated to the eradication of your own faith, culture, and beliefs, while constantly agitating to implement their own. For that reason the above texts do not apply to the uncontrolled mass immigration situation we are witnessing in Europe and elsewhere. More realistic would be the case of Nehemiah: he knew he had to build the wall so that his people could defend themselves against a hostile enemy and exercise some kind of authority over precisely *WHO* they allowed in-and-out of their city. In order to accomplish this, they were forced to work with a trowel in one hand, and a spear or sword in the other. Strangers were treated with suspicion (rightly so) and were not ‘welcomed’ until their true motives and loyalty were established beyond doubt. I doubt very much whether they would have opened the gates to allow hoards of sworn enemies to enter unchecked. You see, Nehemiah used Godly wisdom: something that’s completely lacking in lefty-liberal Christians these days.

    • Greg “Harmonica Butch” Thompso

      SO, let me get this straight: When Christians sojourned to America they ruined the country for the natives? I think you miss the whole point by trying to rationalize your hatred, ignorance and prejudice. I would hate to be you on judgment day.

      • IHLeon

        Nope! The Christian GOD of America delivered the Native American from worshiping the moon and nature to worshiping the true and living GOD that saves. Besides do you think native Americans and The indians from Mexico and South America who carried on the same life and culture for 100s of years would have grown into a nation that would one day have to travel across the Atlantic and square off with the most wickedest tyrant the world had ever engaged. It’s my opinion no! GOD bless America and thank GOD for the righteous flag of the United States of America. America is great because of the GOD OF THE BIBLE.

        • Greg “Harmonica Butch” Thompso

          I think you missed my point too. I can’t blame Christians for what befell the Native Americans. That was the work of the devil and the greedy. I think too many people and cultures get the ideal of Christianity entangled with their own cultures and biases. It behooves me to see Christianity reduced to ‘my culture is better than yours’.

          • Dale Yancy

            Excuse me Greg–but I am not buying your moral relativism. Our culture for almost 200 yrs had as its foundation a faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. America has been a shining beacon to the rest of the world, and this is why so many from everywhere else want to come to America. We have been blessed by God and in recent years, one of the only reasons for that continued blessing is our support for Israel–As God told Abraham, those who bless you, I will bless and those who curse you, I will curse. There is NO equality of nations in God’s handbook. One nation stands above the rest–Israel. And beyond that, any other nation that chooses to bless Israel.

        • Questioning54

          America is sidling up to tyrants these days! America only joined world war two when attacked itself. American culture is founded on greed. The richest families in America became rich initially by illegally exporting opium to China (drug dealers!) America can’t even look after its own homeless. Great country?

          • IHLeon

            Yes a great county we live in. But Do you live in America? Before I reply to your comment

          • Questioning54

            “tear into you” eh? How about that? It is NOT a great country. It has its problems and failures and selfishness like everywhere else and would do well to address those honestly and sincerely. I seem to recall Hitler was going to make Germany great and look how that went. A focus on how great the country is is just self aggrandising. A little humility and self examination and compassion would achieve more good.

          • IHLeon

            Yup…tear into your false ideas. So Do you believe in GOD or not?

          • Questioning54

            No. You wrote tear into Me. Read 1 Corinthians 13. And 1 Peter 3;15

          • IHLeon

            Why are you using words you don’t believe in

          • Questioning54

            You have no idea what I believe.

          • IHLeon

            I do by the things you write here. Sure I do. Just as you know what I believe in by the things I write here

          • Questioning54

            You think you know me from a few posts. I don’t profess to know everything about you. I am glad really because with what you write you do not appear to be a compassionate person. You are not trying to give answers with meekness, gentleness, respect (1 Peter 3:15) You are gloating in your own opinions and in your belief that you are saved. You don’t treat others like you want them saved. You are antagonistic and self-righteous towards others, not concerned or kind.

          • IHLeon

            Ok look,… I apologize for being mean. But the greatest act of compassionate for all men are to hear the words: REPENT. And be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins And to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

          • Questioning54

            Thankyou for your apology. It is accepted. I apologise too if I come across as critical. I have believed for about 40 years, but not sure where I stand these days. A lot of things just don’t make any sense to me any more. Hence my user name.

          • IHLeon

            And by the things you refuse to answer

          • IHLeon

            Are you a born again Christian?

          • IHLeon

            I don’t think Your really concerned about immigrants. Your more concerned about defying the GOD of the Bible. That’s what is really driving your darkened heart. And the only way you think you can is to defy those that believe in GOD. And then you try to use wordsd you claim are suspect and don’t beive in, the same words that make people like you uncomfortable. Because those same words say that if a man is not born again he cannot enter the kingdom of GOD. So are you saved the way the word of GOD SAYS.

          • Questioning54

            Think you are a mind reader? I know what I am concerned about in my heart. You don’t. Your rant does not make sense. If you knew me you might have the grace to be at least a little embarrassed! But then again you might not…..

          • IHLeon

            Ok then let me ask you one last time are you a a born again believer in JESUS CHRIST. Do you love GOD?

          • IHLeon

            GOD commands all men everywhere to repent. And to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and to receive the gift of the HOLY GHOST. Do you believe this is for you?

          • IHLeon

            Don’t think I ignored your verses I’m gonna read them right now

          • IHLeon

            Amen I believe that. And I accept those words of correction.

          • IHLeon

            People think love and compassion is reckless open border immigration. If that were true then nobody could have a home and lock their doors at night because it’s cruel to keep people in need out of your house.

          • Questioning54

            How about Luke 18:18-24

          • IHLeon

            Are you saved the way the Bible says?

          • IHLeon

            One more thing. GOD commands me to tear into false ideas. It is written, “ the weapons of our war are not carnal but mighty through GOD. To the tearing down of strongholds and casting down false ideas…” 2 cor 10:4 The verses you cited are for believers and people that want to be saved. Not for unbelievers. Which one are you?

          • Questioning54

            You said tear into Me, then changed to tear into to my ideas. Who gets to decide which bible verses are for whom.? You? I suspect so.

          • IHLeon

            Yes sir because our ideas come from our hearts. The Bible says, as a man thinks in his heart so he is.” Prov 23:7 Therefore you cannot desperate yourself from your ideas.

          • Questioning54

            Well I am a woman so that let’s me off the hook. Actually I have this weird idea that we think in our brains!

          • Questioning54

            Pity he doesn’t tell you to tear into false ideas you hold purely out of selfishness, judgementalism, and lack of love.

          • IHLeon

            If you are a non believer and unsaved then you have no standing here trying to cite scripture to anyone sir. With lots of love and compassion sir

          • Questioning54

            Shock to you – I am a woman. Women can think, reason and write. Love and compassion should guide your writing. They are not a dismissive line to add to your rants.

          • IHLeon

            Yes surprised…. Oops!!! Ok then I will be more careful ok. Thank you for helping me understand . Take care and I’m done here. LOVE THE LORD with all your heart.

          • Pat Gustafson

            Your fruits of the spirit are none, therefore, you don’t love. You can’t love God without loving others, and that means all people from all races. Your soul is empty. You’re a false prophet.

          • IHLeon

            I agree we must love one another. I repent of being mean. And I apologize for being mean to people here. The greatest love that anyone can receive is to hear that Jesus saves and GOD saves people that are the worst like me. So if you want to be saved the the Bible says to repent and be baptized in the name of JESUS Christ.

          • Pat Gustafson

            You’re a sick person. You will pay for your hatred in hell. P.S. I’m a believer. Wake up. You have no love, nor compassion. How dare you.

          • IHLeon

            I’m not going to hell and I don’t want you to go to hell either. Rather I hope that you may know that JESUS saves and that GOD has made a way so that imperfect people can come to him and know him through the cross. You ain’t gotta be perfect to walk with GOD.

        • JC

          and they trying to stop us from spreading the Gospel too. Now we almost got a third gender, men can go in the ladies restroom if they think they are a woman, abortion, same sex marriage, the devil is a liar.This is what’s coming to this country, immoral people looking for a good time and partying and how nice they can dress and get a nice car. They could care less about who pays for this free stuff they get.

        • Questioning54

          Hope native Americans got saved before they got murdered!

        • Pat Gustafson

          You’re delusional. This is why so many people stop going to church. Because of sick people like you. You made your country an idol. You’re not a Christian. You’re a nationalist. Jesus did not worship nor claim that one nation was more important than the other. Jews and Gentiles are all equal in the eyes of the Lord. How dare you take God’s name and make it into a hate filled punishment. How disgusting can you be. You’re a messenger of Satan.

          • IHLeon

            I disagree with you Pat. People just say they don’t go to church because of hypocrites or because the faults they see in people that go to church. BUT The real reason people don’t go to church is because they they do not love GOD, and love their sinful lifestyle. They try to mask their corruption with false righteous indignation.

      • JC

        God hates sin too. We don’t live under the OT. Read Gal 3:1-… The US allows people here legally and also gives Foreign Aid to countries to help. We cannot absorb every poor and needy person unless we become as them in Third World Countries. Greed, corruption and other evil acts is going on.

        • Questioning54

          Interesting you are so worried about privelaged Americans losing their rich status. Greed corruption and other evil acts are going on in America. Is that what you meant? If so I agree.

          • JC

            I’m not worried about priviledged Americans but why do they have to go broke? These people come here and live better than the people here. I’ve seen it a lot. What about the poor people here in the USA being ignored? What about the people in MIchigan who have no clean water? Who is outraged about them: Channel 9 in Chicago just did a segment on a city 30 minutes south of Chicago that does not have gas and some still pumping water from the ground. There are many more cities and towns just like it. The Gospel supposedly is given to these people and many change and many don’t, they keep sinning. I live a very frugal life and give when I can but why do taxpayers have to be burdened constantly? I could go on and on but I’m tired of explaining to people. This crisis here lately I believe is manufactured by liberals for votes and I understand allegedly that politicians and lawyers are scripting these people on what to say to use asylum to get in, gang leaders using children that are not theirs to get in, the smugglers and cartels doing the same thing. Children don’t even belong to many of these people. I’m not saying don’t help these people but we have a legal way for them to come and many who do come end up committing fraud. Everytime I turn around they have caught some foreigner committing food stamp fraud or unemployment fraud. Illinois caught illegals comminting unemployment fraud from a legal aliens garage and they stole $7Million dollars from the State. Pensylvannia caught a group of Muslims committing food stamp fraud and got prison time and have to pay it back but they should deport them after they do their time. When you don’t fear God you might do anything.

          • Questioning54

            What about the poor people in the USA being ignored? That is right! Rich Americans ignore the Lazarus at the gate no matter WHO they happen to be. Why should the rich give up their riches? Ask Jesus.
            Your inference is that people who suffer do so because they sin. Again ask Jesus. More often people who sin get rich with their ill-gotten gains on the backs of the poor by not paying decent wages and engaging in corruption.

          • JC

            The rich has a day coming too that they will answer. I believe in 1Timothy 6: talks about the rich. Mark 10:17-31 Jesus spoke about the rich. Thanks for helping me have bible study. Be well!

          • Questioning54

            1 Timothy 6 condones slavery. Interesting choice of scripture.

          • JC

            I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! You need to go to bible class and learn how to rightly divide God’s Word.2 Tim 2:15.

          • Questioning54

            You need to go to God to get the right interpretation of scripture. There are thousands of “bible classes” all teaching different things.

      • Dale Yancy

        Thanks Greg for being my judge, jury and I suppose “my executioner.” So glad that I answer to Yeshua, my Messiah and Savior, who is my all in all, and He fills in all that is lacking in my life. Hallelujah!!

    • Erica Murphy-Burrell

      It is only by hatred that we assume immigrants are hostiles. They’ve lost everything they have. If we protect separation of church and state, protect the constitution, and the rule of law – then we have nothing to fear by our own fall from grace.

      • IHLeon

        People try to use this truth and apply it to illegal immigration. America is the most generous nation to immigrants that enter the right way. Lev ch 24 says “shall have one manner of law as well for the strangers as one of your own country. This means the strangers or immigrants must abide by the laws of GOD and of the nation. They couldn’t just come into Israel with their own gods and Godless ideas. No! They were expected to love the LORD.

        • JC

          To add to what you said we no longer live under the OT. Gal 3:1-…

        • Questioning54

          The verse you quote means not to have laws that are harsher for immigrants. It has nothing to do with only accepting immigrants who think the same as you.

          • IHLeon

            Balony your wrong. GOD NEVER said that Israel could accept idol worshipers and other gods into their camp. But first do you even believe in GOD. The GOD OF THE Bible

          • Questioning54

            God never said a lot of things people say he said.

          • IHLeon

            That’s right.

          • Dale Yancy

            Yes, and the only ones who were afforded full citizenship and equal rights were the GER who wanted to worship the God of Israel and keep His commandments.

      • JC

        Did you know God hates sin? We cannot just let anyone come here. Do you know what would happen if these people crossed the borders in other countries? Especially Mexico and they have the nerve to criticize the US. I don’t mind helping people but the cartels, gangs, terrorist are coming with these people and this has to stop otherwise we will end up a Third World Country full of crime and chaos. There is a reason we have laws.

    • JC

      Johnny O you are right on with what I read and see. The OT too was talking about Jewish people. This country is rich toward immigrants and we have a way to get in legally but they don’t want to wait, criminals have found a way through corrupt politicians scripting them how to come in through asylum and other manufactured crises. We cannot absorb every person that they are victims of violence. We have violence here because the laws/rules to keep order in check.This website is spreading false doctrine.

    • Dale Yancy

      JohnnyO–really good insight. Thanks for giving that example which is so practical. This immigration issue is fueled by emotions more than wisdom or the Word of God.

      • Pat Gustafson

        So “practical” yet so racist and hateful. How lovely for people who claim to be Christians to act like demons. Disgusting. You should all be ashamed of yourselves. Horrible. It’s no wonder so many people stop going to church. Because of ignorant, arrogant fools like yourselves that have no clue about the Holy Spirit, just words that you try to force down the throats of others. You have no love in your hearts except for yourselves.

    • Pat Gustafson

      Yes, there is a world of difference. Remember when Christians from Europe came to the United States before it was created and slowly decimated most Native Americans, and then kept doing it until they were rounded up in small plots of land as the government’s sad attempt at making amends? And remember that mass eradication of Cherokees in what is known as the Trail of Tears? Oh, yes I studied that one as well. You are a hypocritical Pharisee. You believe that others that come nowadays are somehow eradicating your own faith like the terrible Europeans did back then. Christians were the ones that FORCED conversion on the natives and blacks. Remember that JohnnyO in your history lessons? If you don’t remember, I highly suggest you pick up a few American history books and study the mass eradication of Natives, horrific treatment of Africans, and I forgot to mention, the Japanese internment camps. Are you white? I am 99% sure you are. Because I know that many older white people in my church act the same way as you. And somehow, you justify your hate and vitriol for others veiled in your nasty religion. You’re not a real Christian. You’re a Pharisee. In your attempt to portray yourself as righteous, it’s clear to anyone without your dark heart that clearly you are not Christ-like. Your flimsy mask of righteousness hides hate, racism, ignorance and dark thoughts and nasty feelings towards others. I would also suggest you get a quality education instead of watching garbage from news channels that also spew hate and lies.

  • JohnnyO

    And by the way, regarding Leviticus 19:33-34 (…’for you were strangers in the land of Egypt’): When Israel came out of bondage in Egypt many other people tagged along with them. This ‘mixed multitude’, as they were called, became the cause of much trouble to Israel. They had left with the Jews because they had seen the power of Israel’s God, but were not really part of Israel, and they had no real understanding of, nor regard for, the God of Israel. It was this ‘mixed multitude’ that led to the grumbling and complaining against Moses and God that spread throughout the nation and resulted in so much trouble.
    The Bible clearly says in 2John 1:10: “If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine [i.e. the doctrine of Christ], receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed.”
    Do these (alleged) ‘refugees’ bring with them the doctrine of Christ? – or do they bring the doctrine of Mohamed?
    Social justice warriors must be careful not to force scripture out of its context to make it mean what they simply *want* it to mean. There is NO passage in the Bible that instructs Christians to usher-in their own demise by replacing Christ with Allah in their respective Christian nations.

    • JC

      We do not live under the Old Law which was done away with. Galatians 3:19-29. We live under Grace and Truth and this lawlessness is certainly not acceptable to God. People can be helped without coming to this Country. If they would march and fight back in their own Country like they do here they might have had the same freedom but this Country gave them a voice and the ungrateful people fight our Government.

      • KB

        Years ago I remember hearing missionaries and evangelists saying the “fields are white onto harvest” and we were not sending enough missionaries out. But people did not want to go.

        Now these people in need of salvation are coming to us, and people are telling them to go away. If this was an invasion, then they fell into our trap – or could have if Christians could get out in front and show God loves these people, rather than letting the haters and trolls help the Islamists convince the refugees that Christians hate them.

        • JC

          These people don’t have to come here to be ministered to. The USA cannot absorb every poor person in the world, we would become a Third World Country if we did. Taxpayers struggle to take care of their famillies without having to keep paying higher taxes to take care of people who just take and take. They need to learn to give their life to Christ, repent and stop sinning. Many people want the easy way, no commitment, just cross your heart, run up in the church and take communion and then go back and live like a sinner. I’ve seen and heard it all. I tell you what, have you watched the Bubblegum effect on YouTube by NumbersUSA? Go watch it and you may feel differently. I’m building my own website to try and reach people. You can go over there and minister to them. They are trying all they can to take away our rights to spread the Gospel and shut us up completely here in the US. Also God is specific about how you worship Him, any worship won’t do. I know people who walked the streets attempting to spread the Gospel and almost got arrested. The doors of the church are open but the problem is too much mess is going on inside of them and people won’t come until something drastic happen like 911. Then they want God. Nowhere in the bible can you read about Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Jehovah Witness, Seven Day Adventist churches, the are all wrong with what they do, too much going on, activities, singing groups, conforming to the world to get people to come. Not so.

      • KB

        Years ago I remember hearing missionaries and evangelists saying the “fields are white onto harvest” and we were not sending enough missionaries out. But people did not want to go.

        Now these people in need of salvation are coming to us, and people are telling them to go away. If this was an invasion, then they fell into our trap – or could have if Christians could get out in front and show God loves these people, rather than letting the haters and trolls help the Islamists convince the refugees that Christians hate them.

      • Questioning54

        “If they would march and fight back in their own Country like they do here they might have had the same freedom”
        They would be dead!

        • JC

          We have violence here in this country. If you stop sinning, having children you cannot take care of, stop shacking, stop lying and deceiving and other sins their life may be better. This is some manufactured crisis created by liberals for votes in this next elections coming and for the next Presidency. Ain’t nobody no fool. Corrupt politicians are creating a lot of mess and allegedly Hungarian George Soros is in the midst of a lot of mess with some US politicians. I do wish they would turn from sin to God but these people come here and commit more fraud than ever and American families get the tab.

          • Questioning54

            Some of America’s richest and respected families got wealthy by being drug dealers (opium to China).
            How about turning away from sins such as greed and self-righteousness and ignoring the Lazarus at your gate?

          • JC

            I’m not self-righteous if that’s what you are implying. I work hard to live a righteous life and hopefully encourage someone else too. Only the righteous will make it into heaven. I’m not going to let no one rob me of my place in heaven. Jesus said if they won’t hear you shake the dust off your feet and move on. I’m moving on!

          • Questioning54

            Interesting how many I’s and me’s in your reply. You are very self focused. Jesus said something about it being difficult for the rich to enter heaven. Move on by all means, but try a little humility and compassion if you can.

          • JC

            You will find fault in whatever I say. I’m striving to please God not you. End of conversation.

          • Questioning54

            Under no delusions you are trying to please me! Just doubt about you trying to please God when you look down on the poor and resent sharing with them more than a token amount.

  • pud

    A church just collapsed in Nigeria killing 60 …..the lord works in mysterious ways!

    • JC

      Yeah they probably worshipped God in vain. Too many false prophets from the USA teaching them that you can do anything almost and be Christlike. Nope! There are missionaries that don’t know what they are doing either. You can’t just cross your heart and pray and think you are saved. The Word tells you just how God wants His Church to be.

      • Questioning54

        So you are one of those heartless people who see the misfortunes of others as punishment from God. You will not cope when misfortune comes to you. I mean real misfortune, not something as trivial as taxes. Misfortune that hurts and hurts. Your day will come.

        • JC

          Where is your compassion for the thousands of black people being shot down like animals and falsely incarcerated and separated from their children permanently? In the State of Michigan they don’t even have clean water in certain areas, are you outraged about that? What about families permanently separated from their loved ones by death by someone in this country illegally? Do you speak out the same for them? This illegal immigration crisis is full of fraud and politicians are exploiting a lot of those people. Yes I’m angry and I have a right to be. That does not make me any less of a christian. The bible is full of examples where God was angry about sin. So when are you going to go to Guatemala or Ecuador to witness to these people? America is full of homeless, poor people but get no attention at all. I pray you have as much compassion and concern for them.

          • Questioning54

            As I say – America is not a great country. Can’t look after own suffering people let alone anyone else. If God gets angry it gives you the right to get angry? Poor logic. God kills people – does that give you the right to? (I must not assume you don’t think that way I suppose.) Maybe you could stop venting your anger on immigrants. Some may be criminals but most are not. They are people fleeing for their very lives and the lives of their families. If they wait for so called proper immigration processes they will die first. There are as many non-immigrant American criminals as immigrants. Even high up respected people who are corrupt.

          • JC

            Don’t avoid my question because you don’t want to lie. I said where is your concern, compassion for the thousands of black people shot down like wild animals, falsely incarcerated, thousands of Americans killed by illegal immigrants? The bible says be ye angry and sin not! So its not a sin to be angry as long as you don’t act on it. I see you pick and choose what you want to respond to.

          • Questioning54

            If I am the renegade you seem to think I am, I would have no problem with lying. I choose not to answer the question you are obsessed about. Just want to keep you wondering.

          • Carlos Santiago

            There is too much greed, idolatry and covetousness.

      • Questioning54

        Yes. Read 1 Corinthians 13. It is in the bible.

        • JC

          I do know what it says. America is not the Land Of Milk and Honey for anyone that desires to come to can break the law and come illegally if the government doesn’t move fast enough to bring them here. The scripture also says if you don’t work, you don’t eat. People need to learn to count up the cost before you start sinning and having children you cannot afford. People are not as ignorant as you think they are. Jere 9:17 The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: who can know it?

          • Questioning54

            You know it but don’t do it.

          • Questioning54

            Even your heart? What if YOUR heart is deceiving YOU?

  • andrewlohr

    Foreigners, but not citizens. Treat ’em right, and also know the difference.

    And, not saying they make top 7, and Ruth shows that totally assimilated immigrants can become citizens, but the Bible does include texts saying some groups can’t join until the 3rd, and some until the 10th, generation (10th = never??) Not to say such laws bind us, but what do they teach us?

  • JC

    First of all many of those scriptures are talking to the Jewish people back then. Gal 3: we no longer live under the OT the Schoolmaster. We have a better covenant, the NT under Jesus. Yes we are to help the less fortunate but American cannot absorb every poor person here in America. Those people can be helped in their own countries. This Government gives out milllions of Foreign Aid, charities give and give but people keep on sinning. If people don’t want to change and live better lives they will have problems. Websites like this and other so called churches mislead people. Spreading untrue information. See many of these churches are too worldly with these choirs, activities to draw people, praise dancing, allowing evil works in the church , politicians up in the pulpit and on and on. God is not pleased with this behavior. The Governments should be trying to work together to help their poor especially if they are getting taxpayer money. satan has come as an angel of light and fooling many.

    • Questioning54

      “This Government gives out milllions of Foreign Aid, charities give and give but people keep on sinning. If people don’t want to change and live better lives they will have problems”. You are implying that people are poor only through some fault of their own. A typical rich complacent person’s viewpoint. Jesus didn’t say Lazarus should get a job and stop sinning so he would not be poor.

      • JC

        Smh

  • Dale Yancy

    As has already been stated, there is a world of difference between a ‘sojourner’ and those attempting to gain illegal entrance into our country–truly a mass invasion. The ‘sojourner’ in the Bible was differentiated by the Hebrew word ‘GER’ which typically refers to a foreigner who has decided to move to Israel and to join the nation – essentially an immigrant like Ruth. Such a stranger was given the same rights as the native born and the same obligations. And the same laws that applied to the Israelite applied to the GER. They took part in the weekly Sabbath, and the feasts as well as well as presenting their offerings to God–Because Israel was in covenant with God, the GER were invited to enter into that same covenant. There is a limit as to how much application we make to our immigration crisis. But according to God in Deuteronomy, the stranger or foreigner was subject to the laws of Israel–they would receive the same treatment and consequences as the Israelite. Thus far, we seem to be exempting our “sojourners” or “strangers” from obeying the law of the land. We are carving out exceptions for them which don’t apply to the rest of us.

    • Questioning54

      Last time I looked America was not Israel. So bible verses about what Israel did and didn’t do don’t even apply.

      • Dale Yancy

        Last time I checked, Christians (Gentiles) had been grafted into the vine (Romans 11:17-24), so if Israel or the Torah has no bearing on this discussion, then it must be a purely secular discussion and there is no need to quote any Bible scripture. Thanks for that insight.

        • Questioning54

          If so five of the seven verses are out. Interesting what remains

        • Questioning54

          Romans 11 makes no sense. It is incomprehensible waffling that bears no resemblance to the gospel normally preached. Especially if you are not a Calvinist.

      • Carlos Santiago

        Respectfully you don’t necessarily do regarding Israel, true however, this is a common tread that continues through the Old Testament and into the New Testament, so I would not dismiss it as irrelevant. Jesus discussed treatment of others, neighbor and enemies. Paul and others admonished believers to treat others “better” than you would your self. To me the author has a position that can be garnished from many sources in the Bible. There is no scriptural “out” from scripture anywhere to treat anyone unkindly or unlovingly, even an enemy who would seek to harm you. Peace

  • congressive

    I would hope this page would delete comments that are clearly intended to incite and not share ideas of compassion and Biblical knowledge. Your message is a powerful and relevant one, but my stomach is now turning from the distortions and venom in the posts below. This is not a free speech zone, any more that an art gallery must allow graffiti on its paintings and sculptures in the name of “free speech.”