“He is a barbarian, and deserves not to be called a man, who can look upon the sorrows of this fellow- creatures without drawing out his his soul unto them, and wishing, at least, that in the power of his yo help them.”(Doddridge.)
“It is the duty of every man to promote the happiness of his fellow-creatures to the utmost of his power.” (Biography on Wilberforce)
Our treatment of people should reflect a biblical standard, not a personal preference.
33. When a foreigner resides among you in your land , do not mistreat them . 34. 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.
17. For the Lord your God is God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts accepts no bribes.
18. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing.
How should we live?
27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
28. bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
29. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them.
30. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.
31. Do to others as you would have them to you.
32. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who live them.
33. And if you do good to those who are good to you , what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that.
34. If you lend to those from whom you expect repayment , what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners , expecting to be repaid in full.
35. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. . Then your your reward will be great, and you will be like the children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
36. Be merciful, just as your father is merciful.
Statement by Quakers, Society of Friends in Philadelpha (1754)
“To live in ease and plenty by the toil of those who violence cruelty have put in our power was incompatible with Christianity.” (Biography on Wilberforce)
The reality is this: Slavery continued to exist because people wanted to buy sugar without an increase in price.
So how do you treat the immigrant.
To live in ease and plenty by taking advantage of others is offensive to God.
Encouragement from John Wesleyto Wilberforce.
“unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils, but if God be for you who can be against you. Are all of them together stronger, than God? Oh, by not weary of well-doing.” (Biography on Wilberforce)