Yesterday we heard in Ezekiel’s prophecy how God would bring his people back to the Holy Land of Israel. Doug’s reflections on migration follow on very well from that reading.
Thus saith the Lord God: Behold I will open your graves, and will bring you out of your sepulchres, O my people: and will bring you into the land of Israel.
A cultural battle has been waged on both sides of “the pond”, playing itself out in politics. First, in the U.K. there was Brexit, and in the U.S. there was the Executive Order of the newly elected President halting immigration of refugees from seven specific nations.
British and Americans proudly view their homelands as the Promised Land, if you will. While many contend the common factor shared by Brexit and the Muslim Ban, is xenophobia, the bad feelings towards foreigners may not be based in fear, but in the belief that natural born citizens have rights that should not be, but are being, unfairly usurped by newcomers.
Place of birth does not guarantee virtuousness nor righteousness. In Saint Ambrose’s writings on Paradise, he uses scripture to validate this claim.
As Saint Ambrose tells us, Adam was not native to the garden. We see in Genesis 2:7-8 that it was after he was formed from the dust of the earth, then he was placed in the garden…making Adam the first refugee immigrating to a better place.
Eve on the other hand, was a native of Paradise, created from the rib of man (Genesis 2:22).
And, it was Eve, the native, who sinned first, and consummated the Fall of Man by deceiving Adam, the immigrant.
“You shall treat the alien who resides with you no differently than the natives born among you; you shall love the alien as yourself; for you too were once aliens in the land of Egypt “(Leviticus 19:34).