An Immigration Parable

Then Tom sought the Lord in prayer and asked, “Lord, how many more times should we offer amnesty to foreigners who keep trying stay in this country? After all we did offer this in 1986!”

Jesus answered, “I tell you, not just in 1986 – but in every year that people cross into your country seeking a new start…

You see, citizenship in the kingdom of heaven is like a chief who wanted to make sure the people living in his territory belonged. As the chief was going over the pedigree of his personal servant it was soon discovered that five generations back his servant’s family came from across the ocean seeking a new start in a land free of religious persecution. Surprised and enraged the chief summoned the servant into his presence. Since the servant could not prove the purity of his citizenship, the chief ordered him deported along with his wife, children, and extended family.

The servant fell on his knees before the chief. “Please don’t send me back, I will prove my worthiness to stay here – just give me a chance”

The chief took pity on his servant, and gave him and his family amnesty.

But when this servant went out, he found a fellow servant, who had come from the territory to the south two years ago, hoping to find a way to provide for himself and his family. He grabbed him and began to choke him. “You have no right to be here; your presence is taking away jobs, draining our resources, and trampling on our values.”

His servant fell on his knees. “Please don’t send me back, I will prove my worthiness to stay here – just give me a chance”

But the servant refused. Instead he went off to the local immigration office – reported the man and his family and had them deported.

When the chief’s other servants heard what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went to the chief and told them everything that had happened.

Then the chief called the servant in. “You wicked foolish man” he said, “I gave you amnesty, I gave you a chance to prove your worthiness. Shouldn’t you have shown mercy on your fellow immigrant just as I had on you?” In his anger the chief had this man, his wife, children and extended family sent back to the land of their ancestors.

So here is the question, how should we treat today’s immigrants?