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Evangelicals on Immigration Reform: 'How We Treat the Stranger Is How We Treat Christ'
Christian Post ^ | 05/09/2013 | Stoyan Zaimov

Posted on 05/09/2013 2:22:10 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

The evangelical "Pray for Reform: 92 Days of Prayer and Action to Pass Immigration Reform" campaign called on Congress in a press call on Wednesday to pass meaningful legislation in the next 92 days, throwing further support behind the current momentum in Congress to finally pass a immigration reform bill.

The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, explained in the press call that the number 92 is significant for evangelicals because the Hebrew word for immigration is mentioned 92 times in the Old Testament.

"This number represents the biblical call to welcome the stranger. I'm convinced that we stand on the edge of the Jordan called 'immigration reform.' On the other side lies the promised land of integration, secured borders and safer communities," Rodriguez said.

"We have 11 million hard-working, God-loving family individuals who contribute daily to the spiritual and economic well-being of our nation, waiting to step in," he continued, calling on Congress to show "prophetic courage" when deciding on such measures.

Immigration reform has become a bipartisan issued after the November 2012 election, with both Republicans and Democrats insisting that it is time America found viable solutions for the roughly 11 million people living in the U.S. without legal documents.

The Evangelical Immigration Table leaders have sent Congress a letter calling for bipartisan passage of a bill within 92 days, which they hope will both be fair on American taxpayers but also provide opportunities for undocumented immigrants. In a previous press call in March, EIT outlined some of the key provisions it hopes to see in an immigration reform bill.

EIT argued, however, that those who have been trying to obtain citizenship through a legal path should be addressed first: "This will ensure that those applying now do not enjoy an advantage over those who have been trying to comply with immigration laws, while allowing all qualified applicants to earn status within a reasonable period."

Jim Wallis, president and CEO of the Christian ministry Sojourners, noted on Wednesday that in the dysfunctional political system in Washington D.C., immigration reform is one of the few issues that has a chance of receiving bipartisan support.

"How we treat the stranger is how we treat Christ himself. That message is converting evangelicals by the thousands, by the millions – and we've seen now how that conversation is changing politics," Wallis said.

"We're praying that the dysfunction can be overcome for the sake of 11 million vulnerable undocumented people that Jesus calls us to welcome. Prayer is necessary in these final stages. We are going to pray without ceasing that they can put aside their interests and agendas and finally do something together for those people and for the common good," he added.

Dr. Richard Land, outgoing president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and incoming president of the Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES) in Charlotte, N.C., called immigration reform a "moral issue."

"We are calling on Congress not to act like politicians who are focused on the next election, but to act as statesmen and stateswomen who are focused on the next generation," Land said.

He highlighted how legislation has already gone further than many people thought was possible, and explained that the Prayer for Reform campaign shows Congress that evangelicals are behind them on this issue.

"We must begin the mending process, we must focus on the human dignity of each of these individuals and their families and look upon them as the assets that they are, not as liabilities to our nation's future," Land added.


TOPICS: Evangelical Christian; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: 113th; aliens; christians; evangelicals; illegals; immigration; reform
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1 posted on 05/09/2013 2:22:10 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

There is a difference in how you are told to personally treat someone and the rule of law in the land. Too many get it confused and think they can use government to abdicate responsibility tasked to them personally.


2 posted on 05/09/2013 2:24:23 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s not about the stranger, it’s about the law-breaker.


3 posted on 05/09/2013 2:24:34 PM PDT by smalltownslick
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To: SeekAndFind
"We have 11 million hard-working, God-loving family individuals who contribute daily to the spiritual and economic well-being of our nation, waiting to step in"

Are you sure about that, Reverend?
4 posted on 05/09/2013 2:25:31 PM PDT by Wanderer99
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, then. I guess I’d tell Jesus Christ that I wasn’t going to pay for his Welfare if he came into the country illegally, and I’d tell him to get the Hell out and to come back in legally.


5 posted on 05/09/2013 2:25:50 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: SeekAndFind

What about how we treat American citizens is how we treat Christ?


6 posted on 05/09/2013 2:25:59 PM PDT by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: SeekAndFind
I wonder how Jesus would feel about receiving stolen goods. Somehow I doubt these ersatz Christians would care to answer.
7 posted on 05/09/2013 2:27:59 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: smalltownslick

I generally agree with that statement. Gotta admit I struggle a tiny bit on that; I do feel sorry for those trying to escape the violence in Mexico.

Shoot, I’d like to escape the liberal Obama regime.


8 posted on 05/09/2013 2:28:49 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: mnehring

DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THESE LIBERAL PROGRESSIVE LEFT-WING EXTREMIST EVANGELICALS.


9 posted on 05/09/2013 2:30:05 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: F15Eagle

Christ never asked for nor accepted hand-outs from the public treasury.


10 posted on 05/09/2013 2:31:09 PM PDT by huckfillary (qual tyo ta)
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To: SeekAndFind
Hey rev... render unto Caesar... those borders are under the control of the LAWS of the US. If the laws had been followed... your mexican citizens would Never have been allowed in this country in the first place. You are no man of GOD rev.

LLS

11 posted on 05/09/2013 2:31:32 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: smalltownslick

exactly!! This has nothing to do with acceptance. This has to do with breaking a law.....


12 posted on 05/09/2013 2:31:58 PM PDT by pollywog ("O Thou who changest not, abide with me.".......)
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To: usconservative

Leftists use GOD... this man is no Christian.

LLS


13 posted on 05/09/2013 2:32:18 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: SeekAndFind
So basically there is a ‘need’ to fill some pews in some churches in the US. Who was this welcoming the stranger Written to? More specifically, who was the stranger? No big surprise here as Christ Himself warned that deception would be the ‘big’ sign of His return. Oh what a tribulation the ignorant ‘christians’ are sowing for themselves in the name of Jesus.
14 posted on 05/09/2013 2:33:19 PM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: SeekAndFind

Shouldn’t we just annex everything from the Rio Grande down to Cape Horn and call it a day?


15 posted on 05/09/2013 2:33:41 PM PDT by Sybeck1 (What has the GOP done today to gain your support in 2014?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sometimes - like now - I wonder at the agenda of The Christian Post.

They seems to slant left a lot of times. How can they call some obscure latino group “Evangelical”? As if to portray all Evangelicals as pro-illegal?

The Christian Post is getting more suspicious. IMO


16 posted on 05/09/2013 2:35:58 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: usconservative

The Biblical references concerning how we are to treat “the stranger” among us are singular. I don’t think God meant we were to welcome so many strangers they would replace the people to whom He gave the land.


17 posted on 05/09/2013 2:36:18 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: SeekAndFind
...."Pray for Reform: 92 Days of Prayer and Action to Pass Immigration Reform" campaign....
....The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference....
....The Evangelical Immigration Table....
....Jim Wallis, president and CEO of the Christian ministry Sojourners....
....Dr. Richard Land....

"Evangelicals"? Hardly. A nest of lefties if ever there was one.

18 posted on 05/09/2013 2:39:18 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: SeekAndFind; All
The word is NOT "stranger". The Hebrew word is Ger, which means "convert". The idea was that Jews should treat native Jews and converts equally. Left-wing "reverends" like Jim Wallis have perverted scripture to suit their own open-borders agenda.
19 posted on 05/09/2013 2:40:07 PM PDT by montag813
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To: Responsibility2nd
Sometimes - like now - I wonder at the agenda of The Christian Post.

Indeed,and they post here endlessly, pimping for clicks.

20 posted on 05/09/2013 2:41:16 PM PDT by montag813
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To: SeekAndFind

Now the Good Samaritan only needs to call a social worker, who will sign up the traveller with the Roman Empire’s office of Bread, Circuses, Welfare, SNAP, heating assistance and free public housing.

It’s so easy to be a Good Samaritan!


21 posted on 05/09/2013 2:42:35 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: SeekAndFind

Goofy concept, since it doesn’t take into consideration how some strangers treat other strangers in ways that Jesus would never treat anyone whether or not they were familiar to him or a stranger to him.


22 posted on 05/09/2013 2:44:05 PM PDT by This I Wonder32460
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To: SeekAndFind

Millions of people have come to America seeking a better life.
They did so legally using the system set up for that purpose. They worked paid taxes, contributed to society.
What a slap in their face to grant amnesty to millions that came here ILLEGALLY and burdened our society.


23 posted on 05/09/2013 2:45:18 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2013 and the Crusades 2013?)
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To: SeekAndFind

These people already have countries and citizenship there.

They are strangers here. There, no.


24 posted on 05/09/2013 2:46:48 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: montag813

Now that makes sense, convert not stranger. Stranger always seems a scary word to me as some strangers are dangerous.


25 posted on 05/09/2013 2:47:00 PM PDT by This I Wonder32460
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To: SeekAndFind

illegals are not stragers, they are criminals and invaders.

How does one treat the theif who steals the college seat from a citizen or legal resident?

How does one treat the theif who steals the job from the citizen or legal resident by subverting the law?

This is no priest he is a pimp.


26 posted on 05/09/2013 2:47:06 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.”

— John 10:1


27 posted on 05/09/2013 2:48:00 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Life, liberty, property, family, RKBA, sovereignty, security, borders, independence, the oath.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Remember that these people have their own country, and they are citizens of Mexico. If someone entered your home, and started using your stuff, I doubt your first inclination would be to welcome them. Even if you were friendly to them, why ask them to stay, even if they offered to do work around your home?


28 posted on 05/09/2013 2:48:51 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

I completely disagree with the progressive, pro-Muslim, emergent church on their stand on this. They are just an arm of the democrat party.

No one should pay attention to them.


29 posted on 05/09/2013 2:50:51 PM PDT by Truth2012
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To: SeekAndFind
"This number represents the biblical call to welcome the strangercriminal. I'm convinced that we stand on the edge of the Jordan called 'immigration reform.' On the other side lies the promised land of integration, secured borders and safer communities," Rodriguez said.

"We have 11 million hard-working-ened, God-loving family individualslaw-despising, career criminals who contributesponge daily from the spiritual and economic well-being of our nation, waiting to step inmooch off of gringo's," he continued, calling on Congress to show "prophetic courage" when deciding on such measures.

Immigration reform has become a bipartisan issued after the November 2012 election, with both Republicans and Democrats insisting that it is time America found viable solutions for the roughly 11 million people living in the U.S. without legal documentsas criminals in defiance of our laws.

The Evangelical Immigration Table leaders have sent Congress a letter calling for bipartisan passage of a bill within 92 days, which they hope will both be fair on American taxpayers but also provide opportunities for undocumented immigrants. In a previous press call in March, EIT outlined some of the key provisions it hopes to see in an immigration reform bill.

EIT argued, however, that those who have been trying to obtain citizenship through a legal path should be addressed first: "This will ensure that those applying now do not enjoy an advantage over those who have been trying to comply with immigration laws, while allowing all qualified applicants to earn status within a reasonable period."

Jim Wallis, president and CEO of the Christian ministry Sojourners and committed opponent of the risen Christ, noted on Wednesday that in the dysfunctional political system in Washington D.C., immigration reform is one of the few issues that has a chance of receiving bipartisan support.

"How we treat the strangercriminal is how we treat Christ himself, . That message is converting evangelicalsindoctrinating the uniformed, fuzzy thinkers by the thousands, by the millions – and we've seen now how that conversation is changing politics," Wallis said.

"We're praying politicking that the dysfunction can be overcome for the sake of 11 million vulnerable undocumented peoplehostile invaders of US sovereignty that JesusMarxism calls us to welcome. Prayer Politickingis necessary in these final stages. We are going to praycampaign without ceasing that they can put aside their interests and agendas and finally do something together for those people and for the common goodinternational Marxism," he added.

Dr. Richard Land, outgoing president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and incoming president of the Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES) in Charlotte, N.C., called immigration reform a "moral issue."

"We are calling on Congress not to act like politicians who are focused on the next election, but to act as statesmen and stateswomen who are focused on the next generation," Land said.

He highlighted how legislation has already gone further than many people thought was possible, and explained that the Prayer for Reform campaign shows Congress that evangelicals are behind them on this issue.

"We must begin the mending process, we must focus on the human dignity of each of these individualsblatant law defiers and their families and look upon them as the assetsblood-sucking, anti-American welfare leeches that they are, not as liabilities to our nation's future," Land added.

30 posted on 05/09/2013 2:52:58 PM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: montag813; WVNan; stylecouncilor; windcliff

God for you, both. You are wise. Thanks so much.

s, w, ping.


31 posted on 05/09/2013 2:53:38 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: SeekAndFind

So . . . they’re saying we should whip and crucify illegal aliens?


32 posted on 05/09/2013 2:56:01 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (People are idiots.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Ann Coulter’s column today said it best. Salvation isn’t just for US citizens. A Mexican can find salvation in Mexico as easy (and probably easier) that he can in the US as a criminal. To say that we can only help Mexicans by allowing them to invade our country makes God very small. They should be praying that Mexico improves instead.


33 posted on 05/09/2013 2:56:34 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Truth2012

“I completely disagree with the ... emergent church on their stand on this”

The emergent church has a stand on something?


34 posted on 05/09/2013 3:01:40 PM PDT by Gil4 (Progressives - Trying to repeal the Law of Supply and Demand since 1848)
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To: SeekAndFind

John 10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.


35 posted on 05/09/2013 3:03:25 PM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: EternalVigilance

Darn...ya beat me to it.


36 posted on 05/09/2013 3:06:15 PM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: SeekAndFind

These ‘pious for only our cause’ clergy and evangelists are reason why I have had a long arms length away relationship from the likes for years. I recall Jesus saying something like “Give unto Cesare that which is Cesare’s and unto God that which is of God”. These ‘pious’ thieves of personal and governmental authority are not caring for my welfare. They care only for what they can control by use of twisted and contrived biblical history.


37 posted on 05/09/2013 3:15:30 PM PDT by noinfringers2
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To: SeekAndFind

This nation once used a term called Manifest Destiny to describe the purpose of our country. We were to be a nation of Gods laws to help spread the Gospel to the rest of the world. There were laws put in place to bring in good people and keep out the bad. The only discrimination was in the content of character.

This was to be a growing vibrant system designed to strengthen us here so we could grow to become that shining beacon on the hill, not to just draw all manner of people but to show the rest of the world that they too should become Godly nations to enjoy the benefits thereof.

This call for amnesty is turning this all on its head.


38 posted on 05/09/2013 3:16:54 PM PDT by ResponseAbility (The truth of liberalism is the stupid can feel smart, the lazy entitled, and the immoral unashamed)
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To: SeekAndFind

A stranger broke down on the side of the road, you help.

Eleven million, or twenty million, strangers coming into your homeland, you call the cavalry to expel them.


39 posted on 05/09/2013 3:19:19 PM PDT by marron
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To: Gil4

Look up emergent church movement- yes they do


40 posted on 05/09/2013 3:19:24 PM PDT by Truth2012
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To: FrdmLvr

When did Jesus or the Old Testatment Jews ever say; “Take the food off your children’s plates and give it to foreigners” or “Let the foreigner come into your country and push your children out of your country.” or “Let the foreigners come into your country in great numbers until they begin to subjugate your children.”

People in ancient times understood tribal warfare very well. It was kill or be killed. Even the World War II generation understood that survival wasn’t pretty. It is the wimpified, liberalized people even the *evangelicals* who want to be popular more than anything that want illegal immigraion.


41 posted on 05/09/2013 3:26:21 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: SeekAndFind
'How We Treat the Stranger Is How We Treat Christ'

So... Christ would sneak into a country for the express purpose of stealing from the inhabitants?

Yeah, somehow I doubt that.

Let's read the words of Christ.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

John 10:1

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

John 10:10

Sounds like Jesus had a real low opinion of thieves.

42 posted on 05/09/2013 3:36:12 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Join AAAA : Americans Against Acronym Abuse)
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To: Alex Murphy

It is like dominoes, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, who to me sounds like the serpent in the garden, knocked down Richard Land, then Richard Land knocked down Pat Robertson, then he knocked down *Focus on the Family’s* Dobbson etc., etc,. Rodriguez went around schmoozing all the big name evangelicals until he convinced them that it was the *Christian* think to do to welcome these poor, holy undocumented immigrants. I watched Rodriguez schmoozing Richard Land, then I watched him use the same routine on Pat Robertson and then I heard him use the very same routine on the Focus on the Family radio show. This Rodriguez is some kind of plant from the open borders crowd.


43 posted on 05/09/2013 3:36:15 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: montag813

What church is the Christian Post affiliated with?


44 posted on 05/09/2013 3:37:38 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: cradle of freedom

Thank you! Well said!


45 posted on 05/09/2013 3:40:19 PM PDT by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: cradle of freedom

Thank you! Well said!


46 posted on 05/09/2013 3:40:49 PM PDT by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

RE: So... Christ would sneak into a country for the express purpose of stealing from the inhabitants?

Well, Christ’s parents did flee Israel to go to Egypt to escape Herod’s slaughter of the innocents.


47 posted on 05/09/2013 3:40:59 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: This I Wonder32460

I wonder if these *Evangelicals* teach their little children to always trust the stranger especially if he is offering them candy as he lures them into his car. What a bunch of liberal trusting dummies.


48 posted on 05/09/2013 3:43:00 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: SeekAndFind
In other words, they migrated to another part of the Empire?

How does that fit in with what I said?

49 posted on 05/09/2013 3:44:19 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Join AAAA : Americans Against Acronym Abuse)
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To: SeekAndFind

Egypt and Israel were all part of the Roman Empire at that time.


50 posted on 05/09/2013 3:45:34 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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