Responding to the refugee crisis

Posted by GCI Weekly Update on February 15, 2017 under Church Development | 4 Comments to Read

How shall we respond as congregations to the current refugee crisis in the United States (and elsewhere in the world)? This is a complex crisis fraught with controversy, and so caution (including non-partisan reserve) is in order. However, it is our conviction that the gospel certainly speaks directly to this issue.

Galen Carey, vice president of government relations for the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) was one of seven panelists at a recent briefing for members of the U.S. House of Representatives on refugee resettlement. His helpful, biblically-reasoned and thus instructive remarks are found at https://www.nae.net/responding-current-refugee-crisis/.

Note: GCI in the United States is a member denomination of the NAE.

  • Roger Lippross said,

    Yes, the refugees need our prayers and help. I know what it’s like to go without food and a warm place to sleep. I lived it as a child. After WWII, my mother was left with no husband and a house that was destroyed by Nazi bombs. My mother and her four children made their way across England to find an unused army hut that became our home for seven years. We were part of the many who were struggling to servive in very hard times when even the smallest gesture of kindness is so welcome and warming, the feeling that somebody cares. Roger L

  • Santiago Lange said,

    The global refugee crisis is a matter of both personal and professional concern to me. In Germany the stream of humanity seeking peace away from warn torn regions has become a daily topic of lively social discussion and debate. The difficult issues involved are many. But, at the end of the day, Christians must not allow fear to dictate national policies. Grace ought to be extended to everyone, including to those who may have a different culture, values and religious beliefs than that experienced in our own tradition(s). To be sure, we need to uphold fair laws created to protect individual freedoms and the order and internal security of hosting countries and communities. The current crisis provides Christians around the world a powerful witnessing opportunity to reflect the light of Jesus. This challenge will undoubtedly demand painful sacrifices. But, as the grateful children of a loving God, we can do no other. I applaud the courage of world leaders, who rising to the challenge, are doing all they can to help the many in distress, even at the expense of losing personal prestige in the eyes of some.

  • James Lee said,

    Thank you, Roger, for sharing your story with us. Most of us have been extremely blessed to have been spared such an experience as you, your mother and your siblings lived through. Unfortunately today, once again, so many vulnerable millions are suffering the ravages of war. Your heartfelt comments make this sobering situation all the more real. Thanks again.

  • Roger Lippross said,

    Thanks James,
    It’s now living the sunshine and plenty of SoCal to grasp what we went through and how my brave and resoursful mother held us all together. Her example is a continued inspiration to me as I approach my 80’s.
    The stories are many indeed and the refugees will have theirs too.

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