Thoughts On The Refugee Crisis

As broken election promises go, this is probably a good one. Canada’s new government has realized that it was unrealistic to accept 25,000 Syrian refugees before the end of the year. The target remains the same, but now it will take a couple of extra months.

It is still an ambitious goal. The United States, with ten times our population, is only taking 10,000 refugees in all of 2016. I don’t know why so few.

With the ISIS attacks in Paris almost two weeks ago now, I understand that people have security concerns, that they fear some terrorists could enter the country claiming to be refugees. It seems to me though that there are times when you need to take a risk, and this is one of them.

I am not a big fan of people whose primary motivation is economic benefit as opposed to safety. I don’t know what we should do (or what Europe should do) about the many millions of people who want to migrate in search of a better life. There’s a difference between poverty and warfare. Many of those in the camps in Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq are there because their choice was flee or die. Their motivation was not economic.

As conflicts continue though and they cannot return home, then economic considerations do come into play. And I don’t know how we as a nation should react to that.

I do know though that Canada is a very foreign land for those 25,000 Syrians who will soon be settling here. I saw this picture on he Internet yesterday, and thought it was worth sharing.

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And if you don’t know the story of the Good Samaritan, then read this:

Luke 10:25-37New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

How can we not?

 

 

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