Love the sojourner – Refugees in Australia
This is an excellent infographic about refugee statistics in Australia:
(via Rethinking Refugees)
What disturbs me considerably is that much of the opposition to refugees and the rhetoric against ‘boat people’ etc. seems to come from the same group who would declare that Australia is a Christian nation. If it actually is the case that Australia is a Christian nation (and I don’t think it is, btw) then they should be consistent and let that inform their views and policy regarding refugees.
The OT law was very explicit in legislating protection and equality for foreigners in their midst; they were to be treated as if they were ‘native born’ (Lev 19:33-34). Laws were there to provide for their basic needs (Lev 19:10) and they were to receive justice (Deut 24:17).
[God] executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt. (Deuteronomy 10:18-19 ESV)
Nor is this just an OT concept. One of the most famous parables Jesus ever told was the parable of the good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), where he affirms the perspective of the law in taking care of foreigners (and enemies!).
If Australia is a Christian nation, then it ought to treat refugees the way the bible calls it to.