Are we responsible to help refugees?
Where is the balance between protection and compassion?
What does the Bible say about a nation’s response to a threat?
How does the above answer apply to an individual’s responsibility?
What does Jesus expect of ME?
James 1:27: “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” (ESV)
Matthew 25:44-46: “Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” (ESV)
Psalm 82:4: “Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” (NIV)
Psalm 144:1 “Praise the LORD, who is my rock. He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skill for battle.” (NLT)
Deuteronomy 20: Here, God lays out rules of engagement for Israel’s army. For enemies outside their borders, God instructed them to kill all males. Don’t believe me? Read if for yourself here. It’s a bit harsh by today’s standards, but it does set a precedent for national defense.
1 Samuel 11: Saul’s first act as king was to annihilate an invading army that had besieged one of Israel’s cities. Notice that Saul did this under the filling of the Holy Spirit!! Read it here.
1 Peter 5:8-9: “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.” (ESV)
Ephesians 6:10-11: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in heavenly places.” (ESV)
James 1:5: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” (ESV)
John 16:13: “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” (ESV)