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To be foreign is to be different. We humans by nature tend not to like people who are not like us, who are not our kind of people. We fear them and hate them.

God shows us a better way. Be kind to the stranger and sojourner, he told the ancient Jews, for you were foreigners in Egypt. You've been there, you know what it's like to be a stranger in a strange land, hated and oppressed for simply being you.

Jesus took it even further, breaking down the dividing wall of hatred between Jews and Gentiles. He took the hatred on himself and nailed it to the cross.

When the teacher of the law asked him (seeking to justify himself), "But who is my neighbor?", Jesus pointed him to a despised Samaritan. "Go and do likewise," he said, claim as neighbor those terribly wrong kind of people, those people who are not like you. Now go, and love your neighbor as yourself.

This is the way of love, the way of hospitality, welcoming the foreigner into our lives.

How can we do less?

It does not take long listening to the United States political scene to realize that racism and xenophobia are alive and well. I am glad to see responsible religious leaders, who normally (and wisely) stay out of public particulars of partisan politics, beginning to call out Donald Trump for the racist and misogynist demagogue that he is.

Jesus call us to welcome the stranger, to show hospitality and love to the foreigner. To do otherwise is evil.
I wrote up my thoughts on "foreign" last Wednesday in my paper journal. Having "hospitality" show up today gave the post new urgency.
Thank you, SenoritaBlack.
Steve
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rdungan1918 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016
Extremely well written and perfectly on point :D
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pearwood Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you.
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The-Infamous-PeeGee Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It is reassuring to be reminded that there are devout Christians who actually live up to the teachings of Christ. You are one such example, and I commend you for it. :salute:


I'm no theological scholar, but that closing line pretty much nails the old "WWJD?" question right there, for me.
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pearwood Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, Paul.
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NiteIII Featured By Owner May 31, 2016
<3
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pearwood Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:bow:
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Amen
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pearwood Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, Dave.
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:thumbsup:
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xs-deviant Featured By Owner May 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Been a foreigner for more then 10 years. Now I only see people.
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pearwood Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:nod:
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PaMonk Featured By Owner May 30, 2016  Professional Artist
Well written and I agree.:heart:
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pearwood Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, Barbara. :heart:
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PaMonk Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Professional Artist
welcome Steve.:heart:
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SenoritaBlack Featured By Owner May 30, 2016
This! :la: This is the best thing I have read in forever. I could not agree with you more and.... :hug: :clap: :iconbowplz: :huggle:
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pearwood Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug:
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DarkstripeShadowpaw Featured By Owner May 30, 2016
Not very many people realize just how shocking the parable is. The man Jesus commends is someone who all right-minded Jews considered a heretic at best and more likely a traitor.
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pearwood Featured By Owner May 30, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Precisely.
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