Dear Christians: Muslim Refugees Are Coming, Get Excited!

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Dear Christian:

Are you excited about the refugees entering our country? Specifically, the Muslim refugees from countries such as Somalia and Yemen (where President Trump’s executive order to block migrants from these countries was just overturned)? If you say “no,” I understand. I do. Even though Christ promised His followers they would be persecuted and suffer for Him, we still want to be comfortable. I want to be comfortable, too. But our job as Christians is not to be comfortable, it’s to spread the Gospel: that Jesus Christ, God incarnate, looked upon our broken and pitiful state, lived a perfect human life, was tortured upon a cross bearing our sins, so that anyone, anyone who calls upon Him will be saved from eternal separation from him.

We’re told to “go into all the world and preach the Gospel” (Mark 16:15). But, modern politics has made this difficult. As missionaries from the United States, it is difficult for us to enter some of the most unreached and desperate countries, such as Somalia and Yemen. So, you know what God is doing? God is bringing them here. How flipping cool is that?

Now, I’m not saying God caused the wars or the famines that are causing one of the greatest migration of people ever, but God is good. He is redemptive. He pursues. Although the sinfulness of corrupt leaders may be causing millions to be displaced, God is working for redemption. One of the ways, I believe, He is working to redeem and restore is bringing refugees and Muslims to the United States. Although missionaries may be barred from entering Yemen, for example, we are now living literally right next door to these individuals. It saddens me that churches would be eager and willing to spend thousands of dollars and risk their lives to reach a family in Yemen, but when that same family comes to the United States, these same churches protest and close their doors. We must not do this, friends. These individuals have had their spirits broken (we know God is close to the broken-hearted). They are desperate for the Gospel and we can share it with them.

Crazy Love

To me, one of the craziest things about Jesus is that he understands. He can empathize. The King of the Universe was born in a filthy and disgusting stable in poverty and fled his home country as a refugee. Jesus can empathize with the refugees because He was one. Jesus loves refugees, and, throughout the Old Testament, God commands Isreal to love the foreigners living among them. In the New Testament, Jesus demands we love our neighbors AND our enemies as ourselves. Do you want to be hungry? Do you want to be cold? Do you want to watch your children be murdered in front of you? NO! Loving our neighbors and enemies as ourselves, then, means ensuring they are not treated a way we would not want to be treated.

Now, I get it. Meeting people who are “different” than us is difficult. They look different, they may speak a different language, we may have no idea what they’re eating. It sounds silly, but these things can be terrifying. I’ve been to nearly 20 countries and have had the privilege of visiting many homes abroad. It feels really, really awkward because we naturally notice the differences instead of the similarities. But we as humans have so much more in common than we do different. Although we don’t speak the same language we all feel joy, we all feel sorrow, we all want a safe world for our children to grow up in. Your new refugee neighbors will need help assimilating to our culture, and you can befriend and help them, and build a friendship along the way.

So, fellow Christians, get excited! Let’s welcome these new neighbors of ours with the same enthusiasm as we would have sending missionaries to their countries. I’m excited to welcome my new neighbors, and am seeking ways to know and support them. I would be more than happy to help you find resources in your community where you could donate time or money to help welcome these refugees.

xoxo

Krista

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3 thoughts on “Dear Christians: Muslim Refugees Are Coming, Get Excited!

  1. I don’t think Christians should be taking advantage of people fleeing war with their “spirits broken” by trying to convert them. I’m pretty sure most of them are quite happy being Muslim and aren’t “desperate for the gospel” – I think they’re more desperate for safety and security for their families! Also, you really think God put them through all those terrible things just so they could go to the US and be preached at by a bunch of entitled Christians? How awful.

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    • Hi Anna,

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Below I’ve pasted what I said in my post:

      “I’m not saying God caused the wars or the famines that are causing one of the greatest migration of people ever, but God is good. He is redemptive. He pursues. Although the sinfulness of corrupt leaders may be causing millions to be displaced, God is working for redemption. One of the ways, I believe, He is working to redeem and restore is bringing refugees and Muslims to the United States.”

      The debate on if God “causes vs. allows” bad things to happen has been debated among Christians since the founding of the Christian Church, with famous literature and theologians on each “side.” As I said above, I don’t think God is causing these horrific things to occur to force these people to come to the US. Corrupt and power-hungry leaders and governments are the cause of these atrocities.

      However, as I mentioned, I believe God is redemptive. He can redeem even the darkest, most painful, most hopeless, situations and moments. One of the ways I believe He can redeem this particular situation is by allowing refugees to enter the United States.

      I think it’s important for Christians to examine how Jesus treated “the least of these,” those looked down upon by the most powerful religious leaders at the time: specifically the disabled, children, and women. Jesus met their tangible needs first. He cured a blind man, pardoned a prostitute, appeared to women first and charged them with sharing the news of His resurrection despite women having an almost slave role in society. Unlike many modern “missions” he didn’t preach to them and then feed them. He met their physical needs first. Modern American Christians should follow His lead.

      We should meet the physical needs of the refugees coming to the United States first. This can be done in a variety of ways including offering legal representation, volunteering to “mentor” an arriving family, and offering financial assistance, to name a few. From here, we can use this as a platform to share the Gospel. We shouldn’t meet physical needs ONLY to create a platform to share the Gospel. Jesus demands us to feed the hungry and clothe the naked. Period. He doesn’t add a caveat to this.

      Therefore, American Christians should be excited that individuals whom we could not previously know and befriend, whom we could not previously serve, and yes, whom we previously couldn’t share the Gospel with, will be our neighbors.

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