An article provided by the Huffington Post in regards to a recent speech by Pope Francis delivered in response to the Syrian refugee crisis. The voice of the Vatican and Catholicism stating the obvious– what every Christian should know and recognize as they learn who Jesus Christ was and where he came from before he started his ministry.
If you consider the Christmas story of Jesus’ birth, it becomes clear that the experiences of Joseph and Mary as they fled King Herod reflect some of the struggles of the Syrian refugees. And note that Joseph and Mary were turned away because there was no room apparently anywhere but in a stable. How similar are American attitudes about accepting refugees from foreign countries? What will the consequences be if we turn people in need away?
History teaches harsh lessons about how the U.S. treated immigrants, refugees during World War II, Muslim Americans, non-white Americans, non-Christian Americans. And yet, we allow or enable our dark histories to repeat themselves time and time again. If given the opportunity to break the cycle and establish a better future and a clean break from history, would we take it?