We are all resident aliens

The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt.  I am the LORD your God. (Leviticus 19:34)

These scriptures have taken on added meaning for us.  When we originally settled on the name for the Jubilee Food Pantry, our experiences with and heart for the poor was the deciding factor.  The biblical Jubilee (Leviticus 25) calls for us to interrupt our lives in order to live more justly with our marginalized brothers and sisters.  These are concepts that His Holy Spirit has been revealing to us over the past few years. 

The concept of the Jubilee presents us with truth that our lives must be “interrupted” by the Good News of the Gospel.   And that the Good News of the Gospel is only Good News for the poor if God’s hands and feet (me and you) act that Good News out in our daily lives.  So we set out to live it out.

But we had no idea that the concept of the Jubilee was going to become something more, something deeper in our lives.  The Leviticus passage references loving the “foreigner” dozens of times, and on several occasions gives us specific instructions on how to actually do it.  About 95% of the guests who come to the Jubilee Food Pantry are Latino, so it is clear that we have been given not only a mandate, but a calling to love the immigrant as ourselves.  As I have explained to several friends, if I understand the Kingdom of God correctly, I have more in common with my brothers and sisters from Mexico, or Iraq, or Burma who know Jesus, than my neighbor who does not.  

When you harvest the crops of your land, do not harvest the grain along the edges of your fields, and do not pick up what the harvesters drop.  Leave it for the poor and the foreigners living among you.  I am the LORD your God.  (Leviticus 23:22)

The Jubilee Community Garden has begun to take shape.  We now have one more tangible way to live out the above scriptures.  This Saturday we will have our first “work party” where we will work side-by-side with foreigners, ammending the soil to reap a harvest . . . together.  But they are not immigrants or foreigners or even pantry guests, they have become amigos, they are hermanos y hermanas en Cristo.  

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3 Responses

  1. Wish we could be there to help…………but we will be there in prayer.

  2. Ahhh this post makes my heart happy and I know the Lord’s even happier. LOVE it and know I am there in spirit 🙂 I pray more of us Christians would cling to these truths.

  3. I’m so excited for you! Your raised beds look great!

    Can’t wait to hear how things go as you plant, tend and harvest.

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