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 fulfillment of Bible prophecy (Manifest Destiny) and that they (the first Americans) were in essence the "New Israel" and that America would henceforth be The Promised Land. Many folks still believe in this ideology. If this be true to any degree, and if this belief came about due to the American's understanding of the Bible (and many still proclaim that America is a Christian nation and has been established by God), then we must also accept what God's word states about aliens.
"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 blogs we will examine the specific ssues 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.
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)
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).