Sunday, May 16, 2010

Alians among us (Dt 24:17-18)

"You shall not pervert the justice due an alien or an orphan, nor take a widow's garment in pledge. But you shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt, and that the Lord your God redeemed you from there; therefore I am commanding you to do this thing." (Deuteronomy 24:17-18)
Right now, immigration, both legal and illegal, is a major issue in my country. This one topic has recently heated up the passions and rhetoric of many on both sides of this issue. In this scripture God deals not with the citizenship of the immigrants but rather with the justice that is due to them; whether they be citizens or not.

The right to justice does not originate from, or is it conferred by, government, rather it begins and flows from God. People's right to justice is a right they bear simply because they are people; people made in the image of God. The role of government then is to provide for the equitable administration of justice, and this justice is to be afforded to all regardless of their race, age, gender, ethnicity, or even citizenship. Justice is one of the key duties of government and it should be provided with a blind eye; without regard to a man's face.

David Robison

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