Written by: Tambu Ndlovu
Article source: JOY! Magazine 

“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 that 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 Isaiah 42:18, the prophet 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. Ephesians 2:11 poignantly captures the Father’s heart towards the foreigner.

Through the outpouring of Jesus Christ’s Blood on the Cross, equality was brought to foreigner and citizen alike.
Through Jesus’ broken body, the walls of division and hostility with the foreigner were torn down. As the Church we now have a Biblical demand to confront and fix the negative narrative around foreigners among us. Just as Boaz was Ruth’s kinsman redeemer and willingly looked after a foreign Moabite widow (Ruth 2:10), so Jesus desires to be our redeemer, seeking out the foreigner amongst us. He seeks the ones who carry the stains of death – spiritual and physical – and looks upon them with favour. He wants us all to act accordingly. In Deuteronomy and Leviticus, the Father expresses His enduring love for the foreigner, demanding that provision be made for them. How will we respond today?

Tambu Ndlovu

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Date published: 16/03/2020
This article is sponsored by Induku Consulting Group (indukugroup.co.za), a leading human capital firm committed to helping families invest in a green card and relocate to the USA.

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