2If any of you follow me on Facebook you may have seen that I am working on writing an essay about Syrian refugees. Before writing this essay I knew that I was in support of the United States taking in refugees so people like you and me could love on them and show them Jesus love but I didn’t have any statistics or research to back me up on that. Now I do and I would like to share it with you. I realize that some of you may have a very different opinion than I do but I want to put my opinion out there.
There are over 7 million Syrians that are Internally Displaced Persons or IDP within the country of Syria. On top of that there are over 4 million people who have fled to neighboring countries, 10% of the 4 million have made their way up through Europe and beyond. 1
All I can think about when people bring up the refugees are the defenseless vulnerable children that only know a life on the run, never knowing what it is like to have a bed of their own with a secure roof over their head. I am sure a lot of you have seen the pictures and videos of the toddler who was drowned as his family was trying to flee to Europe to find a safe haven. This poor little boy had no way to save himself and neither did his parents. This is where we as Christ followers need to step in and help. I think the United States should model themselves after Germany and their efforts with the refugees. Germany has opened their doors and is allowing as many refugees in as they can trying to provide them with the tangible items that they need. On the Berlin Trek7 this summer I remember the team saying how the best part of their whole trip and the most moving part was the part that they got to spend at a refugee camp. They were able to form bonds and share the love of Jesus with these people. This is what we need to be doing. With that being said I do think there needs to be some precautions and requirements for the refugees to come into America but closing our borders is not the answer. Closing our borders is giving out one message to the rest of the world, that we are only worried about ourselves. Now I do understand the risk that comes along with allowing the Syrian refugees into America but there is an equal risk of not allowing them in. To be honest if ISIS wants to attack us they will find a way to do it no matter what they have to do even if we stop the flow of refugees. If we live our lives in constant fear that something bad will happen we are not really living. God does not call us to live a life a fear yet he calls us to live a life of love for Him.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness but one of power, love, and sound judgment.
1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love instead, perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. So the one who fears has not reached perfection in love.
Joshua 1:9Havent I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Take a step back from all the] at the media is feeding you. Take a step back from the terrorists attacks that have occurred in the last few months and think about these people. Really think about them. They are real people just like you and me. Has it ever occurred to you that this could have been you? It could have been you that had to flee your home country just so you could save yourself and your family. It could have been you doing all that you could to protect your family. Not all of the refugees are Islamic extremist. In fact a large portion of them are not. We need to stop thinking of them as “the bad guys” and start thinking about them as “lost brothers and sister who need love” just like you and I. We need to take this opportunity to share the Gospel with these people.
I pray for the refugees that they will be able to know that they are not alone in this big world . I pray that they know that we are for them and that we want to help. I pray for those who are a little timid about speaking up about helping the refugees that you will give them a strength and courage to do what they believe is correct in your name. I pray that you keep the refugees safe as many of them are still on a journey that seems like it will never end. Give them strength to get up in the mornings and put one foot in front of the other drawing them that much close to their safe haven. I pray that as Americans and as Christians we will be able to help them along in anyway that we can and that we won’t let fear overcome our life just like Satan wants it to. I pray that we put our faith in you and love on those around us in only a way that we can with you . Thank you Jesus for all that you have given us and thank you for giving us the opportunity to share what we have with the lost and hurting around us. I love you Jesus.