In the blue corner, in big, bulbous shoes with a honking nose and grease paint, the purple polka dotted punisher, Slaaaappppyyy the CLOOOOOWN.
To make things worse, Slappy works as an immigration rights attorney by day. He will use the old hebrew words of ger and nekhar to describe the various rights of a sojourner versus an illegal immigrant.
Then there is Jesus, who tells us to love our enemies. (Matthew 5:44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you)
Slappy has funny face paint and makes us all feel happy and smile.
Jesus has the grim determination of a man who sweats blood.
So now lets go to round 1: the OLD TESTAMENT
Leviticus is a book well known to both sides of the whole “god thing.” It bans lobsters, and has made for a great photo op at protests.
Looky here at Chapter 19:
33‘When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. 34‘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. 35‘You shall do no wrong in judgment, in measurement of weight, or capacity
Slappy would open with a 1, 2 punch of saying this only applies to neighbors with whom political agreements have been made(hebrew ger), with a right to be there. Then he would honk his nose and juggle trumpets while riding a unicycle. Fun fact, the well known jingle for circus music “Entry of the Gladiators” is also the same notes as George Bizets famous “Habanera” from his Opera Carmen. Haha Slappy, you always give me a chuckle!
But what about Jesus. The rights of a foreigner are often mentioned in passages such as in Leviticus 19:10
You shall not strip your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the alien: I am the Lord your God.
Or more specifically in Leviticus 23:22
“‘When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the foreigner residing among you. I am the LORD your God.'”
These are groups who even today in many parts of the world(orphans in Romania) have no social standing or rights. It is hard to think of the ability to beg and get the scraps and leftovers and not equate this to the bottom feeder cut eye we give those on, say, welfare and other social government programs.
Let’s go to a Jesus plan, straight to revelation 19:15
15From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. 16And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
Is the weapon of Christ more likely to be the oppression of others through legalism or through near self destructive love and compassion?
I mean is this influx of people from the middle east A) a muslim invasion or B) a fresh crop for the harvest, Matthew 9:37
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.
The sluggard says, “There’s a lion outside! I’ll be killed in the public square!”
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”