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The Alien and the Citizen.

When I was growing up, my dad would often remind us that “a vertical relationship with God was essential for a horizontal relationship with people.” In Deuteronomy 10 Moses again reminds the Israelites that God loved them and the outcome of their vertical relationship with God is evidenced in their horizontal relationship with people from all over the world. God’s children are to love all people.

When we love someone, we will seek their wellbeing. Here, Moses tells the Israelites that their love for all people should be seen in the way they seek the wellbeing of those without a father or a husband and those who are aliens or foreigners. In short, Moses is reminding the Israelites that God is concerned about the wellbeing of those whose social or economic status makes them vulnerable to circumstances, situations, and opinions of others.

The Lord of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, and David is our God. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to love all the people in our world. Our love is evidenced in how we pursue the wellbeing of those who are vulnerable among us.

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