Browse Worthy: Immigration

Jared pointed out some good reading about refugees yesterday. As the ISIS attacks and immigration issues call the church to exercise great wisdom, several other articles listed below are quite helpful as well.

GenRef Gent Rutledge Etheridge shared some wisdom on Facebook yesterday that we would all do well to heed. Practicing being “quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger” will be especially important in these difficult and complex days ahead.

Sad to see so many oversimplifications, stereotypes and straw men at play in Facebook posts regarding the Syrian refugee crisis. Especially sad to see all of the above among Christians, all sides seeming to imply that to disagree with their simplistically stated opinion is to deny the generous gospel of Jesus. Perhaps it’d be best, especially in this medium, to acknowledge the extraordinary complexity of the situation (What are the government’s responsibilities in tandem with or in distinction from the church’s responsibilities in these matters? How do we apply the positive implications of the sixth commandment while being willing to die for the sake of the gospel? In proclaiming and living out the gospel, how are we in this situation to apply practically Jesus’s admonition to be wise as serpents but gentle as doves?), to acknowledge the good, Christ-honoring intentions of our family in Christ who disagree with our particular approach, and to acknowledge the need we all have to search the Scriptures more deeply and to pray more frequently and fervently for the Lord’s leading in all aspects of this complex crisis.

The Islamic Revolution Comes to Paris – David Murray

9 Things You Should Know About Islamic State – Joe Carter

France: A Fabric Torn – John Piper

Who is My Neighbor? – Jamie Dean

ISIS is Near, No One is Safe and Why We Should Think About It – Jordan Standridge


  1. Jeff Kessler November 22, 2015 at 4:19 pm #

    Should assimilation be expected of immigrants and refugees? And if the answer is yes, what role should the church play in the assimilation process?

  2. Aaron November 28, 2015 at 8:18 am #

    Pastor Kit Swartz has a helpful sermon on immigration, “A Biblical View of Immigration”

  3. Jeff Kessler December 6, 2015 at 4:47 pm #

    Thanks for the link to Pastor Swartz’s sermon. Perhaps he could be given the opportunity to write a guest column on this subject.

    I believe economics plays a role in how one thinks about the immigration question. If one is slightly sympathetic to socialism and believes the USA received a really large slice of a pie that is only so big and then feels guilty, it might follow they have a “ya all come” approach to immigration.

    How much better to encourage them to stay home and work towards making the pie grow in their own country.

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