“Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!”~ Hebrews 13:2 (NLT)
We have heard the importance of walking a mile in another’s shoes, but what happens when we stop trying to understand that person’s life?
In light of a New York Times article describing the Syrian Refugee Crisis, Rethink Church poses this question: How Christians should be apply scriptural living to this crisis.
The world, and in some cases the church, is becoming more polarized. All too often, we choose one side of an issue—even assuming there are only two sides to choose from—and fail to search for the love within themselves to appreciate those with opposing views.
It is good in all cases to attempt to see the world through the eyes of those who are different. This idea of caring for the stranger is found throughout the Bible, and the current plight of refugees from Syria is an opportunity to educate ourselves and to see the world through their eyes.
The Church can ask God what our response must be. Like most issues, this one is not completely black and white. Yet we must look for the Holy Spirit in all sides, assume positive intent, and be open to having our expectations reset to serve as the hands, feet, and voice of Christ in the world.
The Church continues to open its doors and its heart to those in need. With wisdom, we can discern the best way of loving and caring for the stranger. The Church is global, and the needs are great. Thus, what are we going to do about it? Take this time to ponder who the strangers are around you as you move through your life. And be willing to see God in all sides of a story.
The United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR) is working through a partner organization, Church World Service, to directly bring support to the refugee crisis . Pray, give, speak up, but don’t be silent or apathetic. There are angels who must be entertained through our hospitality. This all occurs when we Rethink Church and intentionally seek out where church can happen anywhere.