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5 thoughts on “Welcoming the Stranger: Deuteronomy’s Immigration Theme

  1. Teresa Rice says:

    Exactly. I agree wholeheartedly!! God Bless.

    • eneubauer says:

      Teresa Rice,

      Thanks for the encouragement. This is the beginning of a conversation on the principles that should guide the faithful when thinking through their position on a very important subject.

      Blessings,

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  3. Howard says:

    How about Moabites and Ammonites? (Hint: Deuteronomy 23:3) Is the stranger supposed to be able to inherit the land?

    Trying to extrapolate from what God told the Israelites through Moses to what American Christians are supposed to do is not a job for amateurs.

    • eneubauer says:

      Dear Howard,

      Understanding scripture is a both / and proposition. Therefore, I am able to properly interpret the story in Deuteronomy in both a historic context (very specific to the situation) while also having the ability to take the principles learned and apply them to current contexts.

      Therefore, one can use this example to state that God cares for the “stranger” and expects us to do the same – remembering that we were all once strangers (ancestors).

      Before you can grapple with a political solution on Immigration one has to understand guiding principles. They are located in both the OT, NT and imbedded throughout Catholic Social Teaching.

      Guiding Principles – this was my goal.

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