Sojourner, Widow and Fatherless

 

Forty – two times in the Old Testament the measure of how one treats people mentions the fatherless (orphans).

Ex. 22:21-24, You shall not wrong a sojourner or oppress, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.  You shall not mistreat any widow or fatherless child…I will surely hear their cry and my wrath will burn…and your wives will become widows and your children fatherless.

In one of his replies to his “friends” Job says, “There are those who snatch the fatherless child from the breast…”

Never in scripture is there an excuse or sanctioning mistreatment of people in our daily lives, particularly the poor, the sojourner or the helpless.  Hospitality is always expected, for after all some entertained angels unawares. (Hebrews 13:1)

That in the policy set in place to deal with those who cross the border into our country, the powers that be not only made orphans of children but there is a report today that at least one “care” facility was drugging these “government caused orphans” to control them.

If one wants to occupy the high moral ground of being opposed to taking the lives of unborn children, or protecting the life of the aged, then one need also be outspoken in the snatching of children from their parents.  That action alone is mistreatment of parents and children.

God in Christ broke down the walls of division between us and God and between people. We have no business using the” law” to rebuild what God has torn down.

 

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