29 June 2012

You're Strange


"Do not do bad things to foreigners living in your country. You must treat them the same as you treat your own citizens. Love them as you love yourselves. Remember, you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God!"


Leviticus 19:33-34 ERV

This scripture takes me a couple of places.  I'll mention one, then talk about the other.

First, it speaks a lot to the current political climate with regards to immigration.  If the immigration laws of a land were in line with God's heart, that land would be blessed.

But for this post, I would like to focus on our spiritual walk.  

We are strangers.  This world that we find ourselves in is not ours.  We are just passing through.  In fact, everyone you see is a stranger.  Some are aware of their status, others are not.  

While we can argue that the world does not treat us well, we would be wrong.  In fact, all too often, the world really does treat us as one of its own citizens - too much.  "Act like this. Do that. Be like us."  What we really should be asking is do we treat them like we should.

The perfect example of how citizens of Heaven should be treated is given by the King himself.  Do we love others as He does? Do we talk to others the way He would?  Do we act as He would?

We are strangers in a strange land.  We are sojourners here.  Everyone is.

Let's represent our Homeland well.

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