The Refugee Crisis: A Biblical Response

If your social media outlets are like mine, they are absolutely blowing up with opinions on the refugee crisis. Some are informative, but others are so toxic that I have considered disconnecting. I am all for open dialogue but let's be civil, please!

I digress.

That's not the point of this post.

What should our response be to this crisis? As followers of Christ.

I have very strong opinions about it. But I'll not share those so much. Instead, I have some recommendations for action.

And it's not to contact your Senator.

Let's look at some of the more popular passages that are currently trending on social media:

Matthew 25:34-46 - focusing on this: For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in....Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even to the least of them, you did it to Me.

Leviticus 19:33-34When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong.  The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt; I am the Lord your God.

What does obedience to these verses look like? What IS the Biblical response?

Like me, you are probably not in a position to affect what goes on with immigrants and refugees on the national level. This does not mean we can't do anything.

There are alot of "refugees" right in our own zip codes. People who are in need of compassion and assistance. People whose problems YOU can help solve.

In the Athens/Oconee area, there are numerous organizations that need help. Let's be mindful of taking care of the problems right here around us. You can donate money and/or your services and it can make a big difference. Here are some of the ones that I know of personally and can recommend you support:

The Sparrow's Nest

Mercy Health Center

Downtown Academy

Athens Pregnancy Center

Chosen for Life Ministries

Snows Mill Guest House

International  Friends