Episode 252 Show Notes
Are Christians Still Required to Welcome Strangers & Foreigners?
From the Show
In Deuteronomy 26 where it talks about welcoming the stranger apply to us today or has this command passed away with the Old Covenant?
On one hand we don't want to treat America as God's chosen nation and apply the civil laws of the Old Testament any more than we want to build a temple in Washington DC and offer sacrifices. On the other hand, God revealed his heart in these laws, his anger is kindled when the waek are trampled on by the powerful, when the alien is oppressed, when the foreigner is mistreated and widows and orphans are overlooked. God reveals His justice and his compassion in these civil laws. So, to net it all out here, we can't make a one to one correspondence between particular civil laws that God delivered to Israel as a nation and immigration laws in the United States. The church has no authority or expertise in legislating public policy. But, it is called to testify to the world, including our secular rulers, that there is a law above all these laws, and a judge above all judges, and a president above all presidents. He hates oppression and he stands on the side of the weak and he will judge those who mistreat the stranger. — Michael Horton
Questions in this Episode
1. In Deuteronomy 26 where it talks about welcoming the stranger apply to us today or has this command passed away with the Old Covenant?
2. As a pastor, how can I help instill love in the members of my congregation?
3. How do you understand Hebrews 11:3: “By faith, we understand that the universe was created by the word of God so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible”? Does this verse teach that creation was a big bang?
4. In Ephesians 5 Paul says that Christians should be submitted to one another? What does this look like in practice?
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