Well, He did it again. God gave us just the message we needed today. And He gave us crystal clear instructions for a very difficult question.
See, there are many, many refugees fleeing the terrors of ISIS from Syria right now. And people are of two minds about what to do. Because there is some evidence that one of the killers in Paris on Friday was a Syrian refugee. And so the world says "Stay out. You're not welcome here." Because they don't want to bring ISIS into their homeland. And this is a valid concern.
God tells us some pretty strong things today, and makes no bones about it. He says, "Don't forget to show hospitality to strangers, because some have entertained angels without realizing it.... remember those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain with your own bodies...So we can say with confidence, The LORD is my helper, so I WILL HAVE NO FEAR. What can mere people do to me?"
I don't think I have to explain what that means to you.
I do want to say, though, that we followers of Christ should be patient with those who don't know Him. It is natural for others to be fearful, and to want to protect their families, their neighborhoods, their cities, their countries. That's our natural instinct - to protect. When we hear of a threat, we want to keep that threat away from the ones we love. (it's even natural for those who DO know Him to feel this way)
But God very clearly calls us to help people in need. And not to be afraid, because what can man do to us? ISIS can only kill our bodies. And they might just do it. But God is calling us to be fearless. To love people anyway. To help them. To boldly reach out and take care of suffering people who need a refuge in this modern, unbelievable storm.
It's dangerous. We might die. But Jesus never promised it would be easy or safe. He said "Trust Me." And so we do. Here are some thoughts from a good friend of mine on the issue.
God, thank You for being there for us to trust, and for giving us these clear instructions in the middle of a difficult question. You rock.