“You must not mistreat or oppress foreigners in any way”


21 “You must not mistreat or oppress foreigners in any way. Remember, you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt.   Exodus 22 New Living Translation (NLT)

Reading this made me think of how Israel as well as my own country and others treats foreigners.  Do we mistreat them and what is mistreatment?

I think that in general we do mistreat and oppress them.     —  We blame them for all the wrong in our country.    We deny them aid or proper care.    We demonise them and wage war on them. We try to separate ourselves from them.

If you do not think this is so then just look at the media and what it says about other Europeans coming to OUR country. Or about how the EU is taking OVER. Of how Israel treats its neighbours, while complaining about how they have been treated. About how many countries look upon people who do not act and think the same as they do.  How Russia is viewing its neighbours. Do you see oppression?  Not just currently either but look at the UK’s history have we always treated other justly? Do we now?

How would you react if you where treated as many of these other human beings are?

Would you strike back?

Jesus said we must love our enemy and that that Love would cause them to see the error of there ways, or words to that effect. Yet what do we do? Do we show love? No we show fear and hatred.

Where has all that oppression and fear got us?

To more and more war, violence and fear.

Where do you think Loving your neighbour, even if he is foreign to you, would get us?

 

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One response to ““You must not mistreat or oppress foreigners in any way”

  1. One way that we mistreat foreigners is by stereotyping them. I visited Spain last year, and many people thought that all Americans were loud and obnoxious and trigger happy. I am a quiet and non-violent person who loves God and people. I had to defend myself to several people who assumed I love war and guns. It hurts to have people say untrue things just because of your nationality.

    I really enjoy the depth and thoughtfulness of your writings.

    Shalom,
    Olive Twist

    Like

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