Tuesday, December 22, 2015

We are all refugees

I am a refuge, you are a refugee, he or she are a refugee, we all are refugees.
As a white, Caucasian person in Americas I am descendant of refugees that left Europe in late 19th century in order to find a better place to live and not die due to hunger or war.  In Europe, my ancestors have been refugees that left the Transcarpathia (Ukaine, nowadays) fleeing from the Ottoman Empire invasion in 1450.
We are all refugees, sons and daughters of people, in one or another time, have been refugee. War between landlords, hunger due to drought, unpleasantness between family, and so on.
The people of God have been refugees and migrants most of the time. Cain, after killed Abel, Noah, after the flood, Abraham, called from God, Jacob and family in Egypt, and that made the whole people of God slave, Moshe and the people wondering through the desert, the exiled people in Babylon, and I could go long in this.
Josef, Mary and Jesus, politically moved from Nazareth to Bethlehem, from Bethlehem to Egypt. The apostles died far from their own land, like Paul in Rome, or John, in Patmos.
Jesus said he was a king but not from this earthly kingdom, but the Kingdom of God and all Christians are part of that kingdom, so, all Christians are not citizens of this world, although we do have a passport.
So, it sounds strange to me when a Christian uphold the Bible and the faith to yell against refugees.
In the book of Deuteronomy 10:19 God said: “Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt. In Exodus 22:21 God said: “Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.
Jesus never spoke on this subject clearly, but he said much about love:
Luke 6:27 – “But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,
Mark 12:31 - "The second (commandment) is this, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.' There is no other commandment greater than these."
John 13:34 - "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
If those are not enough, James has written in the chapter 2, verse 8: “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
We are all refugees in need of love and care and we need to love and care all refugees.

God bless.

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