Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

No Strangers

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

No Strangers

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MUCH has been written and said about racism, ethnic strife, and the hatred of "foreigners" or guest workers in certain countries. And many people acknowledge the need to overcome these feelings in order that more unity and progress may come to mankind. The question for many of us is: how to do it?

The Old Testament in the Bible speaks more than once of the need to treat people fairly, including strangers, or foreigners, in order to be in harmony with God, the source of all good. This point is made even more directly in the New Testament in Christ Jesus' teachings. He said that we are to love God first and then to love our neighbors as ourselves. That includes people who may be quite different from us culturally and socially.

Jesus' life of preaching and teaching made clear that God's message of love for man applies to everyone. Jesus' teachings show us that we are all the spiritual offspring of one divine Father who bestows His love impartially. Since our relationship with God is direct and unbreakable, each of us has full access to divine Love. Under God's government, no one can deprive you or me or anyone of what is rightfully ours as His children. And since all good comes from God, divine Love, this direct relationship with Him means we can trust Him to give us what we need--as any good father would.

Accepting these facts does two things. It helps to eliminate fear of loss--loss of jobs, homes, peace--that often underlies hatred of strangers. And it shows us that since we are God's children, we are members of one spiritual family. This eliminates the belief that we are strangers because it brings us into relationship with each other through our unity with God.

The Epistle to the Ephesians states this beautifully when it speaks of Christ Jesus and what he accomplished for mankind. It says, "Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God. …

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