#WeWelcomeRefugees

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. On the contrary:

"If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head."

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

- Romans 12:9-21

The Syrian refugee crisis has been heavy on my heart and mind since I first learned of it. Two months ago, I found #WeWelcomeRefugees which "exists to empower the global church to be a key agent of hope and compassion in the Syrian refugee crisis." In light of recent events and political conversations, my heart breaks more. And while I hate to engage political banter in social media, I struggle to sit silently swiping through my Facebook feed that has turned hateful towards a group of suffering people. Hilary Clinton's post captured it for me: "We've seen a lot of hateful rhetoric from the GOP. But the idea that we'd turn away refugees because of religion is a new low."

I've seen plenty of posts pointing out the irony: Moses and the Egyptians fleeing from slavery? Baby/toddler Jesus fleeing from King Herod with Mary and Joseph? My heart breaks again for our blindness.

My words are not eloquent, but there are others whose are. Claire Gibson's words are some of them: Bread in the face of terrorism. "Let us not be victims. Let us be bakers."


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