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.
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