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Reflection: Our Responsibility to Refugee Assistance

The United States of America was founded by those searching for a new land, religious freedom, and political asylum. The concept of helping our “neighbors” whether domestic or abroad is not a new one.

The Bible tells many tales of similar types of persecution, from the very beginning of the Old Testament. Just as Israel was once persecuted under Pharaoh, we are reminded that freedom may not last. When we are in the privilege of helping others, we must act upon it because the Lord hears it. He will also notice our response to their cries.

21 Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt. 

22 Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child. 

23 If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry; 

24 And my wrath shall wax hot, and I will kill you with the sword; and your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless.

— Exodus 22:21-24 KJV

Depending on the circumstances, refugees may need a lot or a little assistance. This is where the entire community needs to get involved. It is not just a government responsibility — individuals, private social organizations, charities, churches, and schools can get involved.