Day 8 – Stranger Love

Psalm 82:1-4 (A Psalm of Asaph)

God presides in the great assembly; he renders judgment among the “gods”:
“How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked?
Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.
Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

Many Biblical scholars identify the “gods” of this passage to be the political leaders of the people.  God is portrayed as the judge in the courtroom, ruling on how well the political leaders have performed their God-given duties.  They have failed miserably.  Instead of protecting, defending and rescuing those who are most vulnerable among the population (what God has charged them to do), they have sided with the “unjust and the wicked.”  While aliens and strangers (immigrants and refugees) are not specifically identified in the passage, they were often listed among those most at risk for being oppressed throughout God’s Law.

Questions for Reflection

If God were to take our national political leaders to court to determine their effectiveness in performing their God-given duties, especially in relationship to immigration law, how do you think they would measure up?

What might “upholding the cause of the oppressed” look like from a legislative perspective?

When was the last time you contacted your political leaders (representatives, senators, governor, and/or president) to hold them to account for their legislative actions toward the most vulnerable?  Find the contact information for all your legislative leaders HERE.


  1. Before this year, the answer to that last question was probably never. Even now, it’s been weeks. Time to get back at it. Sometimes I lose hope that my words will make any difference, but if everyone thought that, maybe nothing would ever change. Thanks for the reminder. I can only do my part and if that is advocating for the vulnerable, then I will do it. God can only judge me for my actions. I fear that those who think they are standing on the “right” side when it comes to taking care of the “least of these” would find themselves surprised if taken to court by God. But that’s me being judgmental again. 🙂

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