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‘For I Was a Stranger and You Shot Me’ | Sojourners

May 3, 2023

A must read if you are concerned about the epidemic of gun violence, christian nationalism, and white supremacy in the US.

…In the Hebrew Bible, there are 36 commands to welcome the stranger (versus only two to “love your neighbor”). The language of “stranger,” more so than “neighbor,” connotes someone who is totally other, unknown, and unfamiliar. Yet I’m called to welcome them unconditionally, without knowing their name, identity, or anything about them. The stranger is unassimilable and can’t be reduced to my knowledge of them (much like God).
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