The Syrian Refugee Crisis

One of the biggest issues in the world is the civil war in Syria, causing many Syrians to seek safety in another country. The refugees from Syria are escaping into other countries nearby, such as Turkey and Egypt, and also trying to enter European countries and America. Currently, about 4.8 million refugees have fled Syria, and there are more that are still inside the country.

The life of a refugee is very horrible. Most are subject to having to flee their country or hometown and often are dealing with the loss of a loved one. Most Syrians are trying to leave to get away from all the turmoil the war is causing them and their families. Their lives are at stake.

Some countries have already opened up for them so that they could be safe, but there is a concern for the other people in those countries. Because of this, some countries have refused refugees, but others have still been accepting them.  President Trump’s executive order on January 27th prevented refugees from seven countries from entering the United States for 90 days. However, Canada decided to take some refugees that were trying to get into America.

This executive order made it impossible for certain refugees to get into America, but only for a certain amount of time. There has been a lot of discussion going on, with people asking if it is justified or not. We as Christians should be concerned about it because it’s making it harder for us to care for people as God commands us in Matthew 25:25. “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” This verse tells us that we should care for people that need help, including refugees. A quote from a letter signed by a number of Christian leaders says, “As evangelical Christians, we are guided by the Bible to be particularly concerned for the plight of refugees, individuals who have been forced to flee their countries because of the threat of persecution.” We should be willing to help anyone we can, even if it means we need to sacrifice for them.

Here’s what we can do. We should pray for the people in Syria that they would be safe as they are escaping their war-torn country. We should pray that they would be able to hear the Gospel message and come to know Christ as their Savior. We could also help with the refugees that are already in our country and pray for them to get the care they need and learn about Christ as well. As mentioned before, God commands us to care for people that are in need, and the refugees are no exception. We should try our best to do what God tells us, even though it might be difficult.

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  1. My Dad was a refugee during World War 2 so reading your article brought tears to my eyes. Thank you. I loved the letter you linked to as well.

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