Sunday, November 29, 2015

Refugees and What to Do About Them

This morning in Sunday School, my college group discussed the topic of refugees. 

With the recent attacks in Paris and ISIS threatening to do the same on US soil, this has become a hot topic here in America.  The Obama Administration has told states they can't refuse Syrian refugees, and Dr. Ben Carson says refugees don't want to come to the US. 

So what my college group did was each of us picked a side: For or Against?
We then came up with verses from Scripture to back up our views.

While I understand why some people are against it (in the interest of national security in the case of terrorist infiltration), I am for it.

Let me clarify a couple things.

1. Prayer for refugees and their families is obvious to me as a Christian.
2. Recognizing the authorities who have taken oaths to protect us as citizens of the United States, is something I don't want to take lightly.  Those who have been sworn into office, with promises to uphold our national security, and those who have sacrificed much to preserve this nation, are not to be disregarded. 

However.

In all likelihood, they will show up, and I for one will not turn them away.

Here's why. 

Leviticus 24:22
You shall have the same rule for the sojourner and for the native, for I am the LORD your God."

Psalms 146:7-9
who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets the prisoners free; the LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous. The LORD watches over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

Deuteronomy 10:17-19
For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.

Micah 6:8
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Jeremiah 22:3
Thus says the LORD: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place.

Isaiah 1:17
learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause.

Matthew 25:34-40
Whatever happens, always remember.

Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'


Matthew 22:39
And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

James 2:8
If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing well.

Luke 10:25-37
And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the Law? How do you read it?" And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself." And he said to him, "You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live." But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, 'Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.' Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?" He said, "The one who showed him mercy." And Jesus said to him, "You go, and do likewise."

And if terrorists do make it over here...


Luke 6:27-28
But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.

Love them like Jesus.

God is a God of justice, and He Himself cares for people.  I've said this before, but Jesus commanded us to do nothing less of what He did.  He never said that following Him would be easy, so let's not live as if it were.

Obviously we want to live with caution, not wanting to provoke ISIS or any other sect of radical Islam, but to live as a Christian in a world that is hostile to Jesus is going to cost something, if not everything.

Let All the Earth Rejoice!
-Elizabeth

6 comments:

  1. Let me say this - thank you!!! I really needed to hear/read this post right now! My family has discussed this extensively with each other over this fall and I've yet to form my total opinion. This really helped!

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  2. Saying the refugees don't want to come to the US/Canada rather sounds like they'd prefer somewhere else. I think it would be sporting to point out that since they're refugees, they'd probably want most to be able to go home one day, and the US and Canada mean an ocean between them and home. Me, I think it's too bad we can't sort these people out so that these folks can live in peace in their own homes. I'll bet they'd take that option over anywhere.

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    1. I agree. They'd probably rather stay in their own homes, speaking their own language, than move to a strange land, learn a new language, and put their children in a new school.

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  3. Hello Elizabeth,

    I found your blog through Amy's blog. (Art of Life) I am enjoying reading your posts.

    I agree with you on supporting and praying for refugees who immigrate to the US! I actually wrote a college paper last semester, that was all about this topic. We definitely need to be praying for Muslims. It is exciting to find other believers who are passionate about seeing Muslims won for Christ.

    Keep looking up!

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    1. Thank you so much for your encouraging comment! Glad you are enjoying my posts, though they are far between.

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