“He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.” – Deuteronomy 10:18-19 NIV
There are few things in life more difficult than knowing you do not belong. In Moses’ day, no one belonged less than the fatherless, the widow, and the foreigner. Those were the people who had no relational connections in that society. Their predicament went far beyond economic need; they felt isolated and alone.
Just before crossing over into the Promised Land, Moses was established a rule that fore-shadowed the truth that Jesus would confirm many centuries later: Through the Cross, we are all one family. That means that no matter their origin, whoever we meet is (or may become) our brother or sister—not our enemy.
How would our world change if we were to approach everyone—especially those who look different than us—as if they were family? Perhaps, we would care a little more about the struggles they face. Perhaps, we would pitch in and help a little more. Perhaps, we would discard some preconceived ideas and (instead of arguing) spend a little more time truly listening.
Because that’s what family does.