December 8, 2009

border crossing as biblical



Reading from Isaiah 19.18-25 this morning, and was struck by v. 23-35 specifically:

"At that time there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will visit Egypt, and the Egyptians will visit Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together. At that time Israel will be the third member of the group, along with Egypt and Assyria, and will be a recipient of blessing in the earth. The Lord who commands armies will pronounce a blessing over the earth, saying, 'Blessed be my people, Egypt, and the work of my hands, Assyria, and my special possession, Israel!'"

This morning, I'm asking myself what this means for one living on the border such as I do? The passage–which is today's Advent reading–says that these people from various place are all God's people. The people of different nations pass back and forth across their borders to worship God together. Border crossing is more complicated in my world. Without proper documents, it is illegal. But should not the trade agreements such as NAFTA–enforced on one nation by another, that throw the enforced nation into deeper property poverty–be considered illegal as well? At least inhumane. There is within in this passage an assumption that all people have worth before God. This is not the same assumption where I live. Some people have more worth than others.

Join us this Sunday as we show the limitations of these borders and worship God together; celebrating another Way that is coming. More details on the event can be found here.

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