So here's a wild thought. There's a lot of conversation in our country these days about immigration, immigration reform, deportation, welfare, and all the rest. Ready for a challenge?
Read the biblical book of Ruth. Then answer these questions:
1. What does this book, in the context of the Old Testament's violent antipathy toward foreigners (see for example Numbers 25 and Ezra 10) say about welcoming people of other countries?
2. What does this book say about work and welfare? (Notice how Ruth makes a living for her and Naomi.)
3. What does this book say about businesses' and employers' responsibility to provide some of the "gleanings" for those in need in their communities? (See also Deuteronomy 24:17-22)
4. What does this book say about the way God may use the "least of these" -- in this case, an undocumented alien -- to accomplish his purposes?
I'm curious to hear any thoughts you might have after completing this challenge. Thanks!