As the debate around refugees continues to grow, both in popularity and intensity of tone, here are some helpful articles to aid us in understanding these difficult and complex things.
First, here is Trevin Wax's call in the Washington Post to not allow fear to drive out compassion. But be sure to read Kevin DeYoung's more measured response, where he reminds us that wisdom and compassion don't have to be competitive in the end.
Here is a very brief introduction to the refugee vetting process the United States uses; it is a fairly impressive and thorough process.
Two weeks ago, World magazine published a prescient article about the church's attitude toward refugees. It balances the story well and encourages us to ask the right questions. The end of the article includes some helpful statistics.
Russell Moore reminds us that we can pray for justice against evil and the advance of the gospel at the same time: "Should We Pray for ISIS To Be Converted Or Defeated?"
Please post in the comments other articles you've found helpful and balanced.
And finally, some very brief thoughts by way of application:
- Pray for refugees, because God cares about people who have no home and because we are spiritually descended from the wanderers in the wilderness.
- Pray for our leaders, that God would grant them the wisdom to balance the need for true humanitarianism and safety.
- Don't wait until actual refugees come into your neighborhood to be compassionate and helpful. Help the hurting God has already put in your midst.
- If you're an American, be glad for all the love and compassion our nation has shown and continues to show to the world around us.
- Be careful with what you write online, realizing that most who read your online thoughts will read you in the harshest possible light. Conversely, be gracious when you read others' opinions, not assuming the worst possible reading of what they've written.