Today’s Scripture: Thus saith the LORD; Execute ye judgment and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place. Jeremiah 22:3
I will be sharing some devotionals based on different episodes of our new YouTube series Moments In Grace. In these episodes, we talk about all sorts of different topics to help you walk each moment in God’s grace.
Today’s topic is one that our nation is in much discussion over: Trump’s proposed wall. What should we think about the wall? Before we get all distraught over foreigners coming into our nation, remember we are a nation of immigrants. All of us are descendants of immigrants, and even the native Americans immigrated here at some point. Immigration is a good thing, so we need to be very careful about saying that some people ought not to be in this nation.
Now, with that said, I am going to say, I am actually in favor of Trump’s wall. The reason is this: there is so much drug activity that comes across the border and an increasing possibility of terrorism. It would be wise to do something about it.
I also believe that people should come in the nation legally, and a wall would help to enforce some of the laws that are already in place. As believers we ought to do things legally and obey the government as long as the government is not telling us to disobey God.
Now, let’s look at what the Bible says about how we should treat immigrants that are already here. As we saw in Jeremiah 22:3, we are not to do any violence to the stranger, which literally means foreigner. Also, we are to deliver people from their oppressors. Usually immigrants are poor, and often they are fleeing an oppressor. As Christians, we ought to have a heart that really cares for the weak, poor, stranger, and immigrant.
If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? James 2:15-16
We need to do what we can to help the immigrants, and then we need to give them the Bread of Life and the Living Water. Will you determine to be someone who cares for the physical and spiritual needs of our immigrants? Why not start today?
Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.