The Syrian refugee crisis, terrorism, illegal immigration. These are hot topics in the news. I don't do politics on the internet (the reasons why are in a forthcoming post, not this one) but I think what I read in Proverbs 19 today addresses this in a non political way. Here is Proverbs 19:17 in 2 different translations:
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord,
and he will reward them for what they have done. NIV
Mercy to the needy is a loan to God,
and God pays back those loans in full. The Message
What does that have to do with refugees? My hunch is most of these folks at this point are needy. I think being a refugee defines itself as being needy. Those of us who identify as followers of Christ know that we are called to help those in need, regardless of their race, creed, religion, etc. In fact, giving people practical help is an incredibly effective way to share the good news about Jesus! Jesus died and rose again so that we could live life differently! Is their better way to show the world the love of Jesus than caring for those most in need, and doing so because Jesus told us to? I don't know how to take in to my house a Syrian refugee, but there are lots of organizations that are mobilizing and helping in the midst of this crisis. World Vision is one of them, and perhaps you can make an investment that "God pays back in full". If you'd like to, you can do so here. Click this. Just to be clear, I don't think the Lord is going to pay you back in full in this life. I think this is an eternal investment you are making, one that "neither rust nor moth can destroy". This is an eternal investment.