Syrian Refugees: What would Jesus do?

As refugees from the Middle East and North Africa–mainly Syria–pour into Hungary the prime minister of that country is not the only one in Europe concerned with the “Christian nature” of the continent. Countless others would prioritize religious identity, race or nationalism before humanity. Thankfully there are Europeans citizens and government whose hearts are truly great, in Germany, Sweden and elsewhere. If, however, we are really to associate Christianity with turning away humans desperately in need of safety and shelter, and facilitating the largest humanitarian Crisis in modern history, I wonder what would Jesus do? Or at least what do the Gospels teach?

Germany Sept 2015
Germany Sept 2015

The king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’

(Matthew 35:34-40)

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One thought on “Syrian Refugees: What would Jesus do?

  1. And Jesus would also have known Leviticus 19:33-34: “When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. 34 The stranger who sojourns with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God. “

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