The Syrian refugee crisis has been in the news for years. The refugee situation is the ongoing result of a civil war in Syria that began in 2011. It has been described as “the worst humanitarian disaster of our time” and “the world’s largest refugee population," displacing more than 12 million people and claiming over 320,000 lives. (World Vision)
Those numbers represent real people—with real stories and real families.
This crisis started making major waves when refugees started looking to surrounding countries for asylum. Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan are all housing refugees from Syria. Other refugees are fleeing into Europe through Serbia.
As of late there has been a major clashing of opinions whether to admit refugees into the United States. Each state independently is working through a response while the US government determines where it stands.
Scripture doesn’t specifically tell us how we are to respond to the refugee crisis. It does however give us principles that we must apply as we respond to the situation.
Christians are called to pray, serve, and be informed.
- All people are created in the image of God. (Gen. 1:26-28) Refugees possess the image of God and, as such, are infinitely valuable to God and to us.
- We are commanded to love our neighbor and our enemy. (Mark 12:31, Matt 5:44)
- As Christians, we must care for the refugee, the foreigner, and the stranger. (Deut. 10:19)
- We cannot be motivated by fear but by love for God and others. (2 Tim 1:7)
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