One of my favorite TV programs was "My Favorite Martian" and as for a hilarious comedy "Mars Attacks" was at the top of my list. We make fun of these things but we as a society are always curious about the possibility of Aliens among us or coming from another planet.
Reading through the Book of Deuteronomy this word is mentioned numerous times in reference to strangers or those who have no interest in God, or those from a foreign country. As harsh as the Old Testament can seem to be aliens it says, are to be treated with respect and love. Read this and judge for yourself:
He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing. And you are to love those who are aliens, for you yourselves were aliens in Egypt. Deut. 10:18-19
For some reason that irritating noise made in Mars Attack by the aliens, (AAAAKKKK AAAAKKKK) came to mind as in it irritates us sometimes to be in the presence of modern day aliens of non-believers, people not like us or from another country entirely. Those in addiction are often treated as Aliens and of course we put ourselves in that position and admittedly, often seem like we just came off a flying saucer.
But I like that verse 19 where it says "for you yourselves were aliens", reminding them, and us, to never forget where you came from when looking to treat others like the Lord would have us do. It certainly takes us out of our comfort zone but the rewards of helping another human being to be valued and cared for far outweigh the risks of stepping out in faith.
Of course any movie where Jack Nicholson plays the role of President may seem foreign to us, as would sitting next to a heroin addict in church for some, but in the end we need to ask ourselves what the source of direction in our life is? Is it His or ours?
See V18....he loves the alien, giving him food and clothing. Something to think about.
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.