Regardless of policy preference, the command to love your neighbor does not exclude refugees.”
Christ’s command to love our neighbor—a command that is repeated directly from the Old Testament—applies not only to those who look like us or those who are convenient to serve, but also to sojourners and refugees.”
Rather than seeing refugees as a political problem, Christians around the world ought to be eager to address the urgent physical and spiritual needs of refugees.”
While refugees are often ignored or mistreated, God told his people in the Old Testament to be merciful toward sojourners. The same principle holds true today, as Christ told us to look at everyone as our neighbor.” – Dr. David Platt, founder of Radical.net
You shall not oppress a sojourner. You know the heart of a sojourner, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 23:9)
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Radical.net | David Platt, President of the International Mission Board, preaches on and speaks to the recent unrest over refugees and how the gospel impacts our view of it.
The number of people displaced, put in danger, or forced from their homes right now is historically unprecedented. In Syria alone, half of the population—that’s 11 million people—have either been displaced or killed. Many people are divided over what to do with refugees, and the issue is undoubtedly complex. President Donald Trump’s recent executive order, ‘Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,’ has reignited the debate.” – David Platt
As the refugee crisis continues to unfold, I fear that most people, including those in our churches, are paying very little, if any, attention to it. Or if we are paying attention, we’re looking at this crisis through the lens of political punditry and partisan debates regarding whether or not we should allow a relatively small amount of refugees into our land.”
It is a sure sign of American self-centeredness that we have taken the suffering of millions of people and turned it into an issue that is all about us.”
My aim in addressing the refugee crisis is not to propose a particular political position for our country, but to say to the church that the way so many of us think and talk about refugees today seems to spring from a foundation of fear, not of faith.” – Dr. David Platt
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