Your country lies desolate; your cities are burned with fire; in your very presence foreigners devour your land; it is desolate, as overthrown by foreigners. (Isaiah 1:7 ESV)
To the Church:
Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause. (Isaiah 1:16-17 ESV)
“Concern for the needy is a practical demonstration of true godliness.” – The Reformation Study Bible ESV
If only we in the United States of America in 2006 would take seriously the words of Scripture. Foreigners are devouring our resources and are leaving us desolate. Various moneys and services that should go to people who pay for them are going to people who have no intention of paying. Mosaic law stated that the foreigner is to be taken care of, but I do not think that applies to those who are simply there to feed off the system, as so many are doing. I am all for some kind of path to citizenship, if those coming in wanted citizenship. But it is obvious to me that they don’t want citizenship. They just want the benefits of it while their loyalty remains with their homeland.
If only we in the church in 2006 would take seriously the words of Scripture. God will not accept our worship until we are doing what He commands. We must have concern for the needy and love our enemies. This is, I am willing to say, the practical demonstration of true godliness.