What does the Bible say about immigration, refugees, and asylum seekers?

As a religious text that holds significant meaning for millions of people, the Bible has often been used to justify a wide range of political, social, and moral positions. One issue that has become increasingly important in recent years is that of immigration, refugees, and asylum seekers. So, what does the Bible say about these issues?

Firstly, we see in both the Old and New Testaments that God commands his people to welcome and care for the stranger and the foreigner (Exodus 22:21, Leviticus 19:34, Matthew 25:35). In fact, we are told that we should treat them as we would want to be treated ourselves (Leviticus 19:18, Matthew 7:12). This means that we must provide for their physical needs, offer them protection, and show them compassion.

Additionally, the Bible makes it clear that we should not oppress or mistreat those who are vulnerable or marginalized (Exodus 23:9, James 1:27). This includes refugees and asylum seekers who are often fleeing from violence, persecution, or extreme poverty. We should not turn them away or deny them the help they need.

However, the Bible also teaches that we must obey the laws of the land (Romans 13:1-7). This means that we must respect the sovereignty of nations and the rules they have established for immigration and border control. We should not condone or encourage illegal immigration, but rather work to create policies that are just and compassionate.

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Jamie Larson