I know this post won’t make me popular with some, but the correlation and lesson just jumped out at me as I was reading the following that I couldn’t help but write out my thoughts…popular or not…
“Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. 9 He said to his people, “Behold, the people of the sons of Israel are more and mightier than we.10 Come, let us deal wisely with them, or else they will multiply and in the event of war, they will also join themselves to those who hate us, and fight against us and depart from the land.” Exodus 1:8-10
History should be our teacher! Whenever leaders begin to appeal to the negative aspects of nationalism bad things happen!
Listen to what this new king is saying and tell me if any of it sounds familiar:
- There are too many foreigners (immigrants) in our land.
- Let us devise a strategy to make sure we (the nationals) are safe from them (the immigrants).
- We can’t trust that even though they have lived in our land for generations that they will side with us when we have conflicts with others.
- We must protect ourselves because there are those in the world that HATE US and they could infiltrate these people that currently live in our midst.
History should be our teacher!
Why aren’t there more Christian voices…why aren’t there more Adventist voices speaking out LOUDLY against such rhetoric?
Nationalism over humanitarianism has never worked well in history and it won’t this time around either!
Tomorrow’s Reading: 1 Samuel 16-20