Churches Stepping Up for Refugees
Usually I pass along news or Scripture passages of inspirational messages that in some way relate more directly with the LGBT community and Christianity.
Today, again, I want to deviate from my usual flight plan and bring to your attention this wonderful article I came across today. It seems at least some churches are answering the call to be more hospitable and welcoming towards their fellow man, woman, and child. Christians are beginning to recognize or at least remember what it truly means to be Christian as they face a world that is being pulled into wars and conflicts that are creating many displaced, vulnerable people who seek to flee violence, persecution, war, and unlivable conditions.
While some are very suspicious or xenophobic towards foreign peoples coming into their country because of their race or place of origin or religious affiliation, there are churches who recognize the dangerous conditions these people are fleeing from and see the real need to help rather than hinder the lives of innocent people who have had their lives torn apart. Refugees have as much right to life, liberty, religious expression and freedom and the pursuit of happiness as anyone else.
It is good news to know that some churches are standing for civil rights, equality, justice, and human rights. It is also encouraging to see that these churches have not forgotten a core value of Christian ideology– “Love thy neighbor”.