We made it! Here are the final days of the 40 Day “I Was a Stranger” Challenge. I hope that these verses have challenged your thinking on the topic of the strangers in our neighborhoods, cities, states and countries.
Our church held a seminar last Sunday morning called “Immigration: Today’s Civil Dilemma and Theological Challenge – What Does the Bible Say?” with Dr. Daniel Carroll from Denver Seminary. It was an eye opening seminar and I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to hear him teach and to have some guidance to think about this very complex issue through a Biblical lens. Let me leave you with a couple of thought provoking questions that I am continuing to ponder:
1. It’s important to have a constructive starting point (ie we are all made in the image of God). What kind of laws can we establish to facilitate the growth of that potential?
2. Laws show the heart and values of our culture. What do these immigration laws show us about our culture?
Day 35: Philippians 3:20-21
20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.
Day 36: Hebrews 13:1-3
13 Let brotherly love continue. 2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. 3 Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.
Day 37: 1 Peter 2:11-12
11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. 12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.
Day 38: 1 Peter 2:13-15
13 Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution,[a] whether it be to the emperor[b] as supreme, 14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.
Day 39: Revelation 5:9-13
9 And they sang a new song, saying,
“Worthy are you to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation,
10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth.”
11 Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice,
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might
and honor and glory and blessing!”
13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying,
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”
Day 40: Revelation 7:9-10
9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”