The Stranger

Some fragmentary reflections on xenophobia and the Trump administration

‘When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong” -Leviticus 19:33

“Donot oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners, because you were foreigners in Egypt.” (Exod 23:9)

“Can you follow Jesus while living behind the borders of the richest nation on earth? I wonder. It is a question that should haunt every Christian in this country. [The US]. How can we live so comfortably when so many live with so little? In recent days, we have closed our borders to some of the most vulnerable people in the world. We are not the light of the world. We are purveyors of darkness. We are responsible for whatever happens next. How? We are guilty by association. We are accomplices to the crimes. We are behind the walls. Most Christians live like everything is ok. Nothing is ok. Our faith is under siege. Our government is prohibiting us from welcoming the stranger. Our government is prohibiting us from being Christians. Jesus is the stranger. Without the stranger, there is no Christianity. While we go about our lives, the light is gone. We are the darkness. Somebody please get us some light.”

By Jeff Hood at Patheos


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