Jesus Said Love Your Enemies. He Didn’t Say to Wall Them Out

As I read many of the posts on Facebook by those that profess to be Christians, I wonder if they recall some of the basic scriptures such as those starting at verse 43 in chapter 5 of Matthew:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

In these verses, Jesus is talking about loving your enemies. He isn’t saying lock your enemies away from you, nor is he saying to turn your back on them. In fact, in starting at verse 40 of the same discussion Jesus is having, he states:

“And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.”

It is interesting that Jesus didn’t say, if your neighbor asks or if another person from your same country asks. Rather he said if anyone asks. The immigrant making their way to America from another county are asking for admittance, for a new start, and for much more. In looking at what Jesus said in Matthew 5:40-43, it seems pretty clear that the answer should be to make room for them and to help them. He never said it would be easy or comfortable. For Christians, these verses make it pretty clear on what they should be doing for those asking for admittance. You should be helping them gets relocated and settled, not building a wall to keep them away.