Excommunicate Jeff Session and his wife from the Methodist church for heresy.
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I am asking the church of Methodist in Alabama to excommunicate Jeff Session and his wife for using the bible and quotes taking out of context to punish families and hurting children of refugees for a political purpose. It goes against everything that God commands us to do, love your neighbor and it is heresy. we have always been a nation of immigrants we took them in regardless of their economic status or where they came from. That is what makes us a nation.
WHO SOUGHT REFUGE AS RECORDED IN THE BIBLE?
This is a brief run-through of some of the people in the Bible (there are many more) who took refuge, sought asylum, or migrated for other reasons, including being sent into exile, escaping natural disaster or famine, fleeing from political strife, violence, or persecution, etc:
Noah and his family take refuge from the flood. (Gen 7-8)
Abraham is called by God to leave his country and go to Egypt, taking up residence there as an alien. (Gen 12)
Lot and his family flee Sodom. (Gen 19)
Joseph becomes a victim of human trafficking and eventually finds a way to not only contribute to society but gets hired as the highest ranking official under Pharaoh. (Gen 37-50)
Jacob moves his family to Egypt to escape famine; they are given jobs and land. (Gen 46-47)
Israelites become oppressed by Egypt and mass genocide of babies begins. Moses is saved by Pharaoh’s daughter and adopted into their family. (Ex 1)
Moses flees Egypt and becomes resident in Midian. (Ex 2)
Moses returns to Egypt. (Ex 4)
Israelites fled Egypt so quickly they couldn’t even make provisions. (Ex 12)
God instructs Moses and his people to never oppress foreigners and reminds them they were once aliens in Egypt. (Ex 22)
God gives multiple instructions and laws regarding the treatment of foreigners. (Deut & Lev)
Ruth, an immigrant, commits herself to Naomi, and then Boaz, becoming the great-grandmother of King David. (Ruth 1-4)
Daniel serves God while in exile in Babylon. (Dan 1)
Esther is made Queen and rescues her people (foreigners in exile) from genocide. (Es 8)
Nehemiah, a foreigner, asks the king if he can be released to go home and rebuild his city that was left in ruins. (Neh 2)
Jesus and his family flee genocide under an oppressive ruler—the murderous Herod—and find refuge in Egypt until it’s safe for them to return. (Matt 2)
Our statue of liberty that is a beacon of hope and represent the best of us and this is the quote from it.
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
MOTHER OF EXILES. From her beacon-hand
Glow's world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Mark 12:31, The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
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