Friday, November 21, 2014

For we know the heart of a stranger

Even good seed planted in the wrong season or soil will spoil.
It's the rule of natural law.

"Scripture tells us that we shall not oppress a stranger, for we know the heart of a stranger—we were strangers once, too," said President Obama in a speech regarding his executive order on immigration amnesty.

It’s encouraging to hear any President reference The Holy Scripture. For on the Holy Bible’s teachings our nation’s constitution has been built.

We appreciate the Biblical comparison to Israel and how God told them to remember that they too, were once foreigners and thus, they should treat the foreigners among them with kindness.

President Obama, we applaud you for referencing the Holy Scripture and pray that you were sincere. If you look deeper you’ll find all the guidance and wisdom you need to show yourself approved a worthy workman holding no shame.

Since you have taken up reference to The Word of God regarding matters of compassion and matters of the law, you may find it helpful to recall the little book of James where we are told, who ever shall keep the whole law and yet offend on one point, he is guilty of all. (James 2:10)

Consider a man who wants to feed and shelter the homeless. That, of course, is noble and just and good. But for him to forcibly take over a cafe and motel to do it defies the spirit of the good he is trying to do.

If someone wants to do that which is noble and just and good, then it must be carried out in a manner that is noble and just and good.

Helping foreigners within our borders is not the problem—breaking the law to do it, is.

 For your reference we’ve attached the following Scripture (James chapter 2). We’re certain you’ll find it appropriate regarding the issues you’re facing.

Let us know if we can be of further assistance…that’s what we the people are for.
“My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.
For if there come into your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment,
and ye have respect for him that weareth the grand clothing and say unto him, “Sit thou here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “Stand thou there,” or, “Sit here under my footstool,”
are ye not then partial in yourselves and have become judges with evil thoughts?
Hearken, my beloved brethren: Hath not God chosen the poor of this world, rich in faith, and heirs of the Kingdom which He hath promised to those who love Him?
But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you and drag you before the judgment seats?
Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by which ye are called?
If ye fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,” ye do well.
But if ye have respect of persons, ye commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law and yet offend on one point, he is guilty of all.
11 For He that said, “Do not commit adultery,” said also, “Do not kill.” Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.
12 So speak ye, and so do, as those who shall be judged by the law of liberty.
13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, who hath shown no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and hath not works? Can faith save him?
15 If a brother or sister be naked and destitute of daily food,
16 and one of you say unto them, “Depart in peace; be ye warmed and filled,” without giving them those things which are needful to the body, what doth it profit?
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
18 Yea, a man may say, “Thou hast faith, and I have works.” Show me thy faith apart from thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works.
19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well. The devils also believe — and tremble.
20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?
23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which saith, “Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness”; and he was called the friend of God.
24 Ye see then how by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
25 Likewise also, was not Rahab the harlot justified by works when she had received the messengers and had sent them out another way?
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”

1 comment:

caryjo said...

HMM! As usual, you are sharing seriously and thinking deeply and prodding into the spirits of many people. Thank you. Made me think slightly differently at this moment.