Fear and compassion don’t mix.
That’s what I feel when I think of all the refugees. With all the violence in our world, millions of people are running. Not sure where to go, many are running to America. But along with my compassion to help them is the realization of the violence they are running from. If we receive the refugees are we also in danger of receiving the enemy?
The refugee problem is real and it is now. 65 million people are running away from their home. They are the greatest displaced people group in world history. They find themselves far from a safe home, good friends, education, clean water, opportunities and hope.
The words of Jesus need to be shared with them:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
There are some Biblical truths about refugees…
“He [God] defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners,for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.” Deuteronomy 10:18-29
God’s heart breaks for those who are helpless and hopeless due to the violence in their land.
2 – We are commanded to love refugees.
“When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.” Leviticus 19:33-34
Regardless of the political or social policies we must treat refugees with love and compassion. Most of us do not have any authority on the governmental policies. But most of us have an opinion. Regardless of our opinion, refugees are here and are arriving daily and need our help. To refuse to help the poor and needy when we have the opportunity has severe consequences.
“Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.” Ezekiel 16:49
We must not turn a blind eye from them as if nothing is happening. We must turn and do something.
We have a historic opportunity. Many of these countries they are running from are closed to Christian influence. But now the doors of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ are wide open. They are looking for help and hope. They have been abandoned by their religion and are looking beyond their culture for life’s answers. Now is the time show them Christ.
More Muslims have turned to Christ in the last 10 years than in the last 1,400 years of Muslim history. The fastest growing church in the world is in Iran. We must not miss this opportunity.
Many are helping in a humanitarian way. But those of us who know Christ must give “a cup of cool water in the name of Jesus.”
“In his goodness, our God turns even the tragedy of forced migration into the triumph of future salvation.” – David Platt
1 – Learn the Truth.
We listen to much to shock media. Fear is a horrible motivation for anything. God has not lost control. We need not fear anything but God. What others have meant for evil, God will turn it for good “to save many people.” We must not fear Muslims or refugees.
2 – Get Involved.
Support those overseas helping the refugees. The needs are great. But even a little will go along way. The problem is that most who are leading the work are unable to publicize what they are doing for fear of their life. Discover who is doing the work and pray for them.
Meet the needs of the refugees in your area. Seek them out and show them the love of Christ. Currently, there are 3 million refugees in the U.S.
For more information, you can visit project99.help to discover more facts and opportunities to help this crisis.