This New York Times story is almost two weeks old, but if you haven’t read it yet it is still worth it. The Times writes about how some politically conservative evangelical Christians in Georgia are embracing Syrian refugees (including Muslim refugees) and giving of their time to help resettle them.
I love this story, because I think this is the right Christian response to refugees being resettled to the U.S.
One of the people helping told the Times, “My job is to serve these people … because they need to be served.”
The article also quotes Russell Moore who pointed out the difference between political responses and the church rather well: “It’s not unusual that we have politicians timid in the face of fear,” Mr. Moore said. “But the task of the church is a different one. The church is called to see the image of God in all people and to minister Christ’s presence to all people. That’s what churches are doing.”
Go read it and be encouraged, or challenged, or both.
If you want to know more about the refugee crisis and to consider the issue of what a Christian response should look like, I would encourage you to check out the book Seeking Refuge (I’m reading it now).
Image is a screenshot from this short film about the refugee crisis.