A Borderless Love: A Call to Serve Foreigners in our Midst
“Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands far away; for truth has stumbled in the public squares,and uprightness cannot enter.” (Isaiah 59:14). Something is broken in our nation. While the stories of xenophobic attacks in late 2019 and the recent tragedy and loss of foreign nationals like Enock Mpianzi quickly fade in the cacophony of our busy lives, as Christians there is a need to awaken to the deep fractures that exist in our hearts in South Africa. When it comes to how we engage and view over 3 million foreigners and refugees living in our communities, the truth is we all have many damaging stereotypes. Deep gaps in our knowledge about the stories of resilience, courage, pain and trauma that frame the lives of so many who have come through our borders escaping conflict and poverty, leave us numb and blinded to their plight. In scripture Isaiah the prophet (Isaiah 42:18) reminded the Israelites to “… hear (you deaf) and look (you blind) ...there is a people plundered and looted” with no one to bring voice to their challenges. The provocation to respond to the realities of the vulnerable amongst us still speaks to us today.
Read the article on Joy! Magazine’s website: https://joynews.co.za/borderless-love-a-call-to-see-serve-foreigners-in-our-midst/