Starbucks, Refugees, and Jesus

  I sat at a Starbucks for a good hour and a half last night. I was in one of those moods. You know the ones where you just want to say “Ok I’m done! I give up God. You can take me now Jesus!” for no apparent reason. So clearly coffee and reading was a good idea to help calm life down right? LETS’S BE REAL, COFFEE IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA. Reading 90% of the time hahaha.
Anyway, I was reading a book for work and thinking a lot about this past week’s events. To be honest I haven’t had much of an opinion on all the refugee stuff other than my heartbreaks, something needs to be done, and Paris and Beirut I got you. I hadn’t had time to sit and really ponder it all. I mean really really ponder it. That was until last night.

I kept getting stuck when it came to being safe and loving well. I kept getting stuck when I asked the question is it wise? Is it dangerous to let all these people in our nation? What do I think? How do I respond?

Jesus says love your neighbor and that is everyone (especially for an out going extrovert like me)

We as follower of Jesus Christ are to be wise. Is it wise to take so many refugees in, pay for them, and take care of them when we have a trillion dollar debt? Jesus says to be His hands and feet. He is also Jehovah Jireh the God Who Provides. He also redeems. He brings restoration. He saves the most unlikely. He desires for all to be saved.

So here’s what I eventually got to. Honestly, it doesn’t matter what I think or how I feel about the situation. Pretty sure the government is going to do whatever they believe is best at this point whether I agree or not. What matters is how I respond. 

How do I respond? I love my neighbor as myself. I care for the lost. I help aid the wounded physically and spiritually. I pray for Salvation, restoration, and healing. I welcome as my friend all who I encounter and love them like Jesus refugee or not.  I praise God for the opportunity to be a light in the darkness of which we already live in because the world is darkness. Bringing or not bringing in refugees will not change the fact that we live in a dark and sinful world. You just don’t always notice the darkness you live in because you are used to it. Jesus went into a broken and confused world to bring life.  You know what that sounds like to me? Living a Christ-like life. It sounds like being a genuine Christian. It sounds kind of like the life we are called to live? Shocker.

Therefore, since I don’t make all the decisions for our nation let me leave you with this, wisdom in world is foolishness to God and vice versa. Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no fear in love but perfect love (Jesus Christ) drives it out. 

Matthew 25:35-39

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 Andthe King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[a] you did it to me.’

Scripture References: 1 Corinthians 2:6-16, Mark 12:30-31, Luke 10:25-37, Isaiah 55:8-9, 1 Timothy 2:1-5, 1 Corinthians 13, 1 John 4:17-19, Leviticus 19:33-34, Matthew 25:31-46

From the heart of a verbal and mental processor who loves Jesus a lot, soli Deo Gloria,

Leah Kate King

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