What we say and do to others says more about ourselves and about our relationship with God, than it does about the other person.

How we treat the stranger says more about us and what we really think about Jesus than it does about the stranger.

How we treat the hungry, the poor, the defenseless, the outcast says more about us and what we really think about God than it does any of these people.

There are numerous Bible passages that tell us to welcome the stranger, to feed the hungry, to care for the poor, to embrace the outcast, to love our enemies.  When we ignore these passages and instead dehumanize and degrade “others” we are willfully rejecting God.

When will we realize that our salvation and well-being is directly tied to these people?  This is what loving our neighbor, loving our enemies, and loving God is all about.  We are not islands.