How To Deal with the Refugee Crisis, Biblically
I recently read an article in a politically relevant magazine describing how to treat the current political issue surrounding refugees from a biblical perspective. It has some interesting point but than it dramatically shifted and left out some important verses. I believe it is important to understand what the bible has to say on this issue.
The bible clearing does say “love your neighbour” and that is not be argued with. However, the Bible also says, specifically Jesus, how we are to obey our government and its laws.
Found in Matthew 22:21, it reads “He [Jesus][ said to them, pay therefore to Caesar the things that are due to Caesar, and pay to God the things that are due to God.” Through this you can clearly see a Jesus addressing the crowds that followed him to honor and respect their governments, and do give what was due, as it is the governments that have authority over the people.
In addition, Romans 13:1-7 has much to say on the topic of obeying government’s orders. “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God [granted by His permission and sanction], and those which exist have been put in place by God. Therefore whoever resists [governmental] authority resists the ordinance of God. And those who have resisted it will bring judgment (civil penalty) on themselves. For [civil] authorities are not a source of fear for [people of] good behavior, but for [those who do] evil. Do you want to be unafraid of authority? Do what is good and you will receive approval and commendation. For he is God’s servant to you for good. But if you do wrong, [you should] be afraid; for he does not carry the [executioner’s] sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an avenger who brings punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be subject [to civil authorities], not only to escape the punishment [that comes with wrongdoing], but also as a matter of principle [knowing what is right before God]. For this same reason you pay taxes, for civil authorities are God’s servants, devoting themselves to governance. Pay to all what is due: tax to whom tax is due, customs to whom customs, respect to whom respect, honor to whom honor.”
This verse clearly states that it is unfavorable to resist government’s decrees and orders. God wants us to obey our governments, and follow their commands, just as he wants us to follow his commands. The refugee, or the one who claim refugee status, are trying to find a loophole through governmental laws. Thousands of refugees are travelling to, and entering the America illegally. God himself will not honor that and you as a Christian should not in your soul think that we need to be loving to people who disobey that law of land.
As a Bible loving Christian, I urge not to get into the trap of emotionalism, or use the argument of “you are not loving your neighbor”. Love actually has multiple sides to it, not just the emotional “in my feelings” type temporary emotions. But love is also just, love and justice follow decrees and laws. Love accepts legal refugees, and love enters a country legally. The Bible makes it clear through these verses that we should not tolerate illegal refugees, but rather to send them back, and to accept only those who enter America legally.