A Christian Response to the Refugee Crisis

By Dr. Peter Hammond - Posted at Frontline Fellowship:

"You shall neither mistreat a stranger nor oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt." Exodus 22:21

What are the facts and forces behind the refugee crisis? What does the future hold? How should we as Christians respond?

Priorities

The main thing is to keep the main the main thing. Our greatest priority on earth is to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love our neighbour as ourself. We are to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33). The Great Commission must be our supreme ambition. "All authority has been given to Me in Heaven and on earth. Go therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you…" Matthew 28:18-20. Christ's last Command must be our first concern.

Prayer and Action

Obviously, Christians need to respond with love and compassion for genuine refugees and seek to not only show practical love in action, meeting immediate needs of those who have lost everything, but effectively evangelise and disciple nations. All nations. As our Lord Jesus Christ declared: "My house shall be a house of prayer for all nations."

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