An eye-opener

Before the collection today, the preacher read Leviticus 25:35:

“If one of your countrymen becomes poor and is unable to support himself among you, help him as you would an alien or a temporary resident, so he can continue to live among you.” (NIV)

He didn’t continue with the next verses, which say

“Do not take interest of any kind from him, but fear your God, so that your countryman may continue to live among you. You must not lend him money at interest or sell him food at a profit.” (NIV)

Those two are probably from the part of Leviticus Christians today regard as no longer binding. Still, it’s controversial enough to suggest that poor citizens should have the same benefits as undocumented workers.

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