Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thoughts from Rob on the Refugee Crisis

We are hearing a lot from the media pundits and in various circles about the government's decision to bring Syrian refugees into this nation. I want to provide you with some thoughts on how I see this.  

Points of agreement:

1. I agree that this refugee crisis is a great opportunity for us, as Christians in the west, especially in the U.S., to show Muslims what unconditional love looks like and point them to Jesus. These are people for whom 'Isa (Jesus) died.

2.  I think the government is not making a good decision due to other nations with like worldviews could take them. That said, I also agree that some have used this refugee crisis to perpetrate further evil on the western world at large, in general.  

For those of us how claim Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we need to look at this with balanced spectacles and with courage, and the mind of Christ. 

How then should we live?

A great illustration comes from Joseph in the Old Testament.  Joseph acknowledged that God still had a plan, despite the evil people do (Genesis 50:20). We also should make the most of this refugee crisis for Christ because God does have a plan! Can you imagine Muslims seeing the gospel lived out, and hearing the gospel? Can you imagine some of these refugees, who are fellow believers, finding freedom to worship Christ in the "new world?"

With all the potential good things let me also posit a caveat here. Let us also remember that Jesus himself instructs us to be "as wise as serpents and harmless as doves" (Matthew 10:16). In fact Jesus himself at one point instructed his disciple Peter to carry a sword for protection (Luke 22:36.), so shouldn't we also protect ourselves and our families from harm when confronted with it in some way? 

Certainly there should be some wisdom in being more careful in our screening process for determining what kind of refugees we allow into the U.S and other Western countries. It's certainly not easy to keep both of these concerns in focus as Christians, but certainly we would be both wise to do so.

So let us prayerfully seek the Lord in how we should live out the life of Christ in our daily lives and workings.

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