“When a foreigner resides among you in your land,” Leviticus 33-34
says, “do not mistreat them.
“The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born.
Love them as yourself.“ And it concludes with an exclamation, “ for
you were once foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.”
Mark 12:31 likewise encourages us to, “love your neighbor as
yourself.” Jesus calls it the second greatest commandment.
Simple as that reads, it can be difficult to see the suffering of
oppressed neighbors in distant nations through Jesus’ eyes.
Unfolding events often take time to understand well. When news breaks
regarding persecuted Christians in North Korea or refugees in Syria,
it might be wise to think, ‘let every person be quick to hear, slow to
speak,” which is the wisdom of James 1:19.
Regardless Matthew 28:19 says, “go and make disciples of all nations.”
That’s the Great Commission. Bedrock scripture like that is a guide
as we assess unfolding news events and respond to our neighbors in