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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Do No Wrong

““When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong.” Leviticus 19:33

God is the God of the stranger. He delights in taking people who were once far off and bringing them near, and he asks his people to not do wrong to sojourners in our midst. I will not go as far as some in saying that we live in a Christian nation or that God favors America. We live in a depraved culture who's two gods are self and money and we exist in a church who for the most part has been lulled to sleep by the comforts of this world. However, I will say that the church in America has been put in a significant position to be able to bring justice and aid to the needy, poor, and oppressed of this world. Because of that ability God has granted America's church, there are sojourners among us. The mission field is all around us. It's in our fields, our hotels, our restaurants, our apartments, and the harvest is plentiful. As Christians, we need to ask ourselves the honest question of how we view the sojourners among us and if it aligns with God's heart for the stranger. If the poor are seeking the aid of the Christians of America, then we must do them no wrong. The oppressed may be enemies of the state, but they are desired by God to enter his kingdom. They may be illegal by the laws of America, but they are beloved by God. And the church answers to God! We as Christians are called by God to treat the sojourners with love and be a light to those who come to us seeking shelter, food, and help. The justice of God is contrary to the justice of man. So who do we fear more?

Lord Jesus, convict the American church of its sins of hatred and nationalism. Give us the strength to stand against injustice and love the sojourners among us!

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