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Back in the early founding of our nation, among the first to settle on American shores were the Puritans who embarked on Massachusetts in 1620. One of their primary motivating precepts included what they believed was a fulfilllment of Bible prophecy (Manifest Destiny) and that they (the first Americans) were in essence the "New Israel" and that America was the Promised Land. Many folks still believe in this ideology.
"Hogwash" you say!
"Thousands upon thousands of aliens (especially from Mexico) have crossed the border illegally and therefore are criminals because they have broken the law," you still say!
In future "Our Daily Bread" blogs we will examine the issues concerning the border between Mexico and the United States and why (and how) they were established. But for now let's say that border laws enacted by the United States and Mexico were not in the best interest of either Americans nor Mexicans; and that, also, no one group or race or government has the right to say who is allowed into or out of any land mass or property that belongs to God. All land is God's land and no one can superimpose laws that God has already established. (Yes, we are to pray for government leaders, in order that they be just and conduct their administration in a manner that lawlessness does not overtake the people's welfare.)
Nevertheless, the following verses state very clearly what God says about the alien issue, whether one considers them illegal or legal:
"You are to distribute this land among yourselves according to the tribes of Israel. 22 You are to allot it as an inheritance for yourselves and for the aliens who have settled among you and who have children. You are to consider them as native-born Israelites; along with you they are to be allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel. 23 In whatever tribe the alien settles, there you are to give him his inheritance," declares the Sovereign LORD. (Ezekiel 47:21)
The following verses (among many, many other ones that basically state how God feels about the weak and feeble, the lost and downtrodden:
I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with justice. (Ezekiel 34:16).
Wow! So who do we believe? Glen Beck, Lou Dobbs, Pat Buchanan, Rush Limbaugh, Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermman? Dennis Prager, or God!