Immigration is a central issue in the UK elections. This is a scandal, a stumbling block to the building of community in with otherness is welcomed. To use our fear of the other, and provoke our selfishness and hostility, as a way to win power is to subvert democracy by the tactics of hate.
The book I was reading outside this morning, has a different, life-affirming and generous perspective, encouraging "the unanxious engagement with the other who is indeed threat, but also gift, possibility and resource." Thank God for Walter Brueggemann, and a Word that redescribes the world!
(Walter Brueggemann, The Word that Redescribes the World. The Bible and Discipleship ( Minneapolis: Fortress, 2006) page 186.