The Immigration Crisis: Immigrants, Aliens, and the Bible by James K. HoffmeierAn estimated twelve to fifteen million people now reside illegally in the United States, posing a major social and legal challenge to the nation. Americans are divided over the best course of action in dealing with these illegal immigrants, and Christians are using the Bible to stake out different positions.
The Immigration Crisis addresses this complex issue through a comprehensive look at the Bible. By a careful study of relevant materials in the Old Testament, in combination with archaeological and sociological materials, the author forms a clear definition of an alien in Israelite society. This understanding is an important starting point in the current debate.
The book concludes by suggesting how the Bible might assist Christians in thinking about the problem of legal and illegal immigrants, and in developing the implications of the biblical teaching for public policy.
A Christian Perspective on Illegal Immigration (2018)
What Does the Bible Say about Immigration? (and How Should Christians Respond)
International MNN Sometimes the political noise surrounding an issue becomes so loud that we pick a side without considering what the Bible has to say. But David Montgomery, a speaker recently hosted by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship , believes immigration is one issue that is most definitely addressed in the Bible. So I want to go a step back and say, well what does the Bible actually say? He wants to remind them of the spiritual reason they are doing what they are doing to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Right now, in North America and in Europe, there is a strong nationalist sentiment: our country comes first.
Love Refugees As Yourself When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. Leviticus Leave Food for the Poor and the Foreigner 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. Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner.
The following passages from the Bible refer to immigrants and refugees. All quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version. So Abram went down to Egypt to reside there as an alien, for the famine was severe in the land. Genesis Jacob moves his family to Egypt to escape the famine and reunite with Joseph. Genesis Joseph brings his brothers to Pharaoh and they are welcomed and given jobs.
Download a printable pdf version. You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. Deuteronomy The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. Leviticus