Lessons For Immigration And Welfare Reform From The Bible

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While in Moab, Naomi’s husband and sons all died, leaving her in a strange land with only her two daughters-in-law for support. When Naomi hears that the Lord has visited Judah, and food is plentiful there again, she decides to return home. Both daughters-in-law want to accompany her, but she persuades one of them, Orpah, to stay in Moab with her family.

Ruth, however, is insistent and will not be deterred. As she and Naomi prepare to enter Judah, she says these memorable words, “Where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried” (Ruth 1:16-17, emphasis mine).

From an immigration standpoint, what is instructive here is that Ruth was determined to fully assimilate into her adopted country’s culture. She had no intention of becoming a hyphenated Israelite. She would become an Israelite, period. “Your people shall be my people.”
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