Are you a Christian?
Do you know what the Bible teaches regarding the foreigner?
God taught His people to never mistreat or oppress foreigners, but to love them (Deuteronomy 10:19).
You shall neither mistreat a foreigner nor oppress him, for you were foreigners in the land of Egypt (Exodus 22:21).
He also makes it clear that we might have been, or are, foreigners who also would have wanted, or wants, to be treated well.
It is therefore very sad to see how our South African brothers and sisters have developed hate, disrespect, anger and frustration towards the foreigners. Jesus said that we should love even our enemies, but these foreigners are not even supposed to be viewed as our enemies at all. South Africa has the greatest opportunity during these times to be the light, as prophesied by many.
God has a heart for the foreigner (Deuteronomy 10:18) and instructed His people to love, support and care for them (Leviticus 19:10; 23:22). He made it clear that the foreigners and the people of your own nationality should be treated in the same way and have the same expectations from those they are sharing their lives with (Leviticus 24:22; Numbers 9:14;15:15).
It is actually our duty to care for the foreigner and to make sure they do not suffer while they are living amongst us (Leviticus 25:6; Deuteronomy 24:21). As South Africans we need to repent from being harsh, negative and outright rude to these people. They are here to learn from us and to enjoy the blessings of God, while we teach them about the God of Love.
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Matthew 25:35).
I pray that we will grab this opportunity and share the God of Love with each and every one of them!
God of mercy and grace we repent from being blinded by the lies of the world which caused us to treat the foreigner with hate and disrespect. Forgive our foolishness and help us to restore what we have destroyed. In Jesus Name, Amen!