After the attack on France, I saw a lot of Facebook posts about how we, as Americans, should not take in Syrian refugees. My heart was saddened by the response. Most of my Christian friends did not want to let them in to the country. I saw many posts that showed no compassion or kindness but instead, immediately stated that they did not deserve our help. If they don’t deserve our help, then who does? At what point do we draw the line? I searched for an answer in God’s word; praying and waiting for some clarity.
In Matthew 5:42 the bible says,
Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. ESV
The bible doesn’t say to exclude certain people because of their race or gender or skin color. It says to give to those who ask for help. A lot of people told me that it wasn’t that they didn’t want to help the Syrian refugees, but because we need to put our safety first. I do understand that our safety is a big concern and that there are certain risks that come with letting refugees in. I want to be safe too, but at what cost? I was still confused on how to accomplish both goals or if we should just focus on ourselves before helping others.
I searched through God’s word once more and came across John 15:12-13.
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. ESV
I know that we don’t know them or have never met them, but then I remember that I haven’t physically met Jesus and yet He loves us so much He died for us. Should we not do the same for others? I think the point of this world is not to hate on others and not help them because we are afraid, but to serve others in any way possible. Our place is in heaven, so why fear this earth?
I write this article, not to make you choose sides, but to have everyone keep in mind that we are called to serve everyone in this broken world. John 4:19 says,
We love because He first loved us. ESV
We should love and care for everyone. And this can be used, not just for world events, but for those around us. Why not show love to your coworkers or your neighbors?
If there is an organization out there that touches your heart more, donate to them. It doesn’t have to be money that helps others. Helping comes in many forms. Donate your time or pray. Any help that you can give can make the greatest difference in someone’s life.
Want to read more about helping others? Here are some more bible verses to study.
1 John 3:17