Do Not Despise Refugees

Do Not Despise Refugees

No politics. No policy talk. This is about people; this is personal. Specifically, I’m writing about you.

If you are a Christian, you are a refugee.

You Are A Refugee

Hebrews reminds us of our refugee status:

“We who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us” (Heb. 1:8 CSB).

What do you call somebody who flees for refuge? A refugee. We are spiritual refugees.

The whole world is a spiritual Syria, under warfare, terrorized by the satanic forces. The gospel of grace is our transfer papers. In Christ, we have asylum—and more. Refuge in Christ gives us a home, his kingdom, a family, and an irrevocable inheritance.

The LORD is good, a stronghold in a day of distress; he cares for those who take refuge in him. (Nahum 1:7 CSB)

The Lord cares for his refugees. He has a tender love for the rejected and powerless. Do we?

Do Not Despise Refugees

As refugees, we should have sympathetic hearts towards the refugees we see and hear about in the news. Not a cynical heart, a scared heart, or an over-Americanized heart.

“You must not oppress a resident alien; you yourselves know how it feels to be a resident alien because you were resident aliens in the land of Egypt” (Exodus 23:9 CSB)

When you see these widows, bloody children—kids who don’t cry anymore because war is normal to them—don’t look away. Look at them and think. Feel.

If you despise refugees, you are disconnecting from your own story. They are you. Me. Us. Hebrews reminds us, “For we do not have an enduring city here; instead, we seek the one to come” (Heb. 13:14 CSB). We are still refugees.

We are aliens. We are foreigners. We are exiles.

“Dear friends, I urge you as strangers and exiles to abstain from sinful desires that wage war against the soul.” (1 Peter 2:11 CSB)

We are refugees.


I recommend listening to Episode 609 of This American Life on refugees and their stories after President Trump’s Executive Order. Why? Perspective.

Episode 609: It’s Working Out Very Nicely

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