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“‘You Shall Love the Alien as Yourself’: Hope, Hospitality, and Love of the Stranger in the Teachings of Jesus”

Religion Department, Oxford College of Emory University, Oxford, GA 30054, USA
Religions 2019, 10(3), 220; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10030220
Received: 8 March 2019 / Revised: 15 March 2019 / Accepted: 18 March 2019 / Published: 22 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Hope in Dark Times)
The Trump administration’s controversial immigration policy has provoked significant opposition, including against a 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government over Trump’s insistence on a “wall,” but the most outrage was generated by the “zero-tolerance policy” for refugees and asylum seekers that resulted in the forced separation of thousands of children from their parents. This essay evaluates the current U.S. policy in light of the life and teachings of Jesus as portrayed in the New Testament Gospels, beginning with the flight into Egypt (Matthew 2:13–15; cf. Deuteronomy 10:19–20) but focusing primarily on Jesus’s teachings on hospitality—including the love of neighbor and the stranger—for those people with their “backs against the wall,” in the words of Howard Thurman. Key passages include the parables of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:26–37), the Sheep and Goats (Matthew 25:31–46), and the Great Dinner (Luke 14:15–24). View Full-Text
Keywords: hospitality; Howard Thurman; parables; Sheep and Goats; Good Samaritan; Jesus; immigration; Trump administration; zero-tolerance policy; neighbor hospitality; Howard Thurman; parables; Sheep and Goats; Good Samaritan; Jesus; immigration; Trump administration; zero-tolerance policy; neighbor
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Gowler, D.B. “‘You Shall Love the Alien as Yourself’: Hope, Hospitality, and Love of the Stranger in the Teachings of Jesus”. Religions 2019, 10, 220.

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