The Refugee Crisis
We are in the middle of the largest refugee crisis in recorded history. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates 68.5 million forcibly displaced people worldwide.
Refugees in the United States
As Christians, we believe that the God calls us to welcome refugees. God tells us throughout the Scriptures that he loves and has a special concern for the alien (Deut 10:18, Ps 146:9), and he commands his people to do the same (Lev 19:33-34). God commanded the Israelites to treat the foreign-born the same as they treated native-born Israelites (Ex 12:49), but he also instituted special provisions for immigrants, along with other vulnerable groups such as orphans and widows (Deut 24:19-21, Mal 3:5). In the New Testament, Jesus, who as a child was forced to flee as a refugee to Egypt, makes clear in the parable of the Good Samaritan that God’s command to love our neighbor includes, specifically, migrants in need (Lk 10:25-37). He instructs us to welcome the stranger, for in doing so we are welcoming Christ himself (Mt 25:31-46).
It is a common misconception that brining refugees into the US has a negative impact on the economy and costs more than its worth. As it turns out, it is actually economically beneficial to welcome refugees. In the long run refugees contribute more to our economy than we put out to help them resettle here. They also are significant catalysts in growing our economy. Learn more here.
Fear over security and safety issues is often tied to the idea of welcoming refugees. However, refugees who come to Spokane have been thoroughly vetted before entry to the US. Also, studies have shown that refugees can actually make communities safer. Learn more here.