There are some 11 million undocumented people in America. Arguments rage about what can be done about them, from deporting each one to awarding citizenship depending on length of time in the U.S.
In the story of the good Samaritan, Jesus overturned the common view of looking down on Samaritans and made his followers look at them in a positive light. In the story, an injured man is ignored by a priest and a Levite but helped by a Samaritan. At the end, Jesus asks, “Which of these three seemed to be a neighbor to him?” A follower answers, “He who showed mercy on him.” Jesus' response is, “Go and do likewise.”
Q: If Jesus was around today, what do you think his stance on America's undocumented immigrants would be?
The Samaritans and the ancient Hebrews had a long history together, back to when Joseph’s brothers sold him in slavery. There were times when they were in community with each other, marrying and raising families from their combined cultures. And there were times that they were bitter enemies.