Refugees trying to find a place of safety
Daring to spend time with other nations
Leviticus 19:34 The stranger who sojourns among you shall be to you as one born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt: I am Jehovah your God.
Matthew 25:35 for I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;
When something tragic happen especially if it is through the hands of another, we tend to be prejudiced towards their nationality afterwards. We generalize much quicker than we think.
– White people are arrogant and take offence quickly.
– colored people are lazy and alcoholics
– Zulus are aggressive, volatile and arrogant
– Nigerians are cheats and drug dealers
If one person from a people group offends or hurts us, why do we assume that the rest of that group is like that?
I know people of all nationalities that laid down their lives for various other nationalities.
One of our friends is a colored young man. He has better work ethic than many white people I know.
I have a few Zulu friends that I can trust with my life.
We have a Nigerian friend that laid down his life for South Africa to see that the Father raise leaders for His Kingdom.
Generalisation is the breeding ground for hatred, jealousy, violence and eventually bloodshed. There are well-intentioned people as well as those that choose to do evil in every nation. Let’s look for the good in all people and forgive those that do bad things.
Can we get past our own prejudices and generalisations and see the divine identity the Father has planted in each nation and individual? Can we start to build each other and pay it forward in the way we treat strangers? We never know when we will be strangers. Have we forgotten that all our ancestors were strangers when they came here initially?
May Jesus grant us grace, open unprejudiced eyes and wisdom to encourage each other in our divine identity and roll we were created for.