hospitality (1)

10223158278?profile=RESIZE_400xI am neither a Christian nor a Jew, however one of the great principles (largely ignored by those who claim we are a Christian country) contained in the biblical traditions is the idea of welcoming strangers.
Just a couple of references (one old testament, one new)
Leviticus 19:34 - 'The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself'.
Hebrews 13:2 - 'Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it'.
The Jewish tradition is particularly strong on this, the Talmud says that welcoming guests is 'greater than welcoming the Divine Presence.' This tradition (hakhnasat orchim in Hebrew) is considered one of the most important Jewish Values (let's not be diverted into the Palestine/Israel abomination).
So on this basis perhaps we should be offering all refugees a guest of honour welcome, offering the best accommodation (I believe Buckingham Palace is currently vacant), priority for education, care and welfare services.
I am not a believer, but as someone with empathy can see the huge benefit of this approach. We would win friends for life and could be a shining example of what humanity is capable of, a refuge for those desperate for help, love and kindness.
Come on politicians, rise to the occasion.
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