Can we stop pretending?

Pastor Matthew Best
4 min readJul 16, 2019

Can we stop pretending that our national policies and attitudes about foreigners and immigrants are based on what it means to be a Christian? If you want to be upset with me for asking this question, your problem isn’t really with me. It’s with God. Below is the Scripture passages about what God thinks about the subject.

“You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” — Exodus 22:21

“You shall not oppress a stranger, since you yourselves know the feelings of a stranger, for you also were strangers in the land of Egypt.” — Exodus 23:9

‘Nor shall you glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the needy and for the stranger. I am the LORD your God. — Leviticus 19:10

‘When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. ‘The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt; I am the LORD your God. — Leviticus 19:33–34

‘When you reap the harvest of your land, moreover, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field nor gather the gleaning of your harvest; you are to leave them for the needy and the alien. I am the LORD your God.’” — Leviticus 23:22

There shall be one standard for you; it shall be for the stranger as well as the native, for I am the LORD your God.’” Leviticus 24:22

‘Now in case a countryman of yours becomes poor and his means with regard to you falter, then you are to sustain him, like a stranger or a sojourner, that he may live with you. — Leviticus 25:35

“He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing. “So show your love for the alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt. — Deuteronomy 10:18–19

‘Cursed is he who distorts the justice due an alien, orphan, and widow.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’ — Deuteronomy 27:1

The LORD protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow, But He thwarts the way of the wicked. — Psalm 146:9

and do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the stranger or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.’ — Zachariah 7:10

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Pastor Matthew Best

My name is Matthew Best. I’m an ELCA (Lutheran) pastor who attempts to translate church and churchy stuff into everyday language.