What if I could show a topic that Scripture mentions more often than:
• Human government
• Even more often than missions, evangelism, Great Commission and sanctification?
• Mentioned more than 70 times in Scripture
Foreigners, refugees, immigrants
• Highest levels of human displacement on record
• An unprecedented 70.8 million people around the world have been forced from home
• Today 25.9 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18
• Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya, population 186,692
Why People Immigrate
• To escape persecution
• To flee war, conflict & violence
• After natural disaster
• To seek better healthcare
• To escape poverty
• To reunite with family members
• To seek better education for their children
• For jobs/business opportunities
• For marriage
• Just because…
How should we feel and what should we do about foreigners, refugees and immigrants?
• Be Generous
When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow, so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.
When you have finished setting aside a tenth of all your produce in the third year, the year of the tithe, you shall give it to the Levite, the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow, so that they may eat in your towns and be satisfied.
• Do Justice
Do not deprive the foreigner or the fatherless of justice, or take the cloak of the widow as a pledge.
“So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners among you of justice, but do not fear me,” says the Lord Almighty.
“Cursed is anyone who withholds justice from the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”
• Love Who God Loves
The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.
For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigners residing among you, giving them food and clothing.
And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt
• Remember What It Is Like
Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt.
So Jacob and all his offspring went to Egypt, taking with them their livestock and the possessions they had acquired in Canaan. Jacob brought with him to Egypt his sons and grandsons and his daughters and granddaughters—all his offspring.
All those who went to Egypt with Jacob—those who were his direct descendants, not counting his sons’ wives—numbered sixty-six persons. With the two sons who had been born to Joseph in Egypt, the members of Jacob’s family, which went to Egypt, were seventy in all.
Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners, because you were foreigners in Egypt.
When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”
So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod.
• Remember Who We Really Are
The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you reside in my land as foreigners and strangers.
All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.
1 Peter 1:17
Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear.