A little while back, it was reported that of the thousands of refugees the United States has accepted from Syria, few of them are Christians. How few? As it turns out, “Of the 10,801 refugees accepted in fiscal 2016 from the war-torn country, 56 are Christians, or .5 percent.” Although Christians made up approximately 10% of Syria’s pre-war population, they are less than 1% of the refugees being let into the United States. For what it’s worth, 10,722 of the 10,801 refugees were Muslims, and frankly, that’s an outrage.
After all, Christians face far more danger in Syria and the Middle East than Muslims do. For example, back in 2014, a Muslim boat captain “beat and then tossed six Christian migrants overboard.” Of course, this incident was mild when compared to ISIS, which has “executed thousands of Christians and forced thousands more to flee ancient Christian communities in northeastern Syria and western Iraq.” Some Christians have even been crucified.
Meanwhile, a Muslim, Somali ‘refugee’ named Dahir Adan attacked nine people with a knife at a mall in Minnesota. Apparently, the United States is letting in refugees not only from war-torn Syria, but also from Somalia. Incidentally, according to reports, “Only one in every five migrants claiming asylum in Europe is from Syria.” Go figure. Amusingly, these figures raise the question: if Islam is wonderful and Muslim countries are such great places, why do so many Muslims keep leaving? It seems quite obvious that most so-called Muslim ‘refugees’ are actually migrants seeking to take advantage of the West’s pathetic immigration laws, generous welfare and crippling political correctness to live well at our expense and hijack weak, secularized cultures for ‘Allah.’
Regardless, Christians from all over the world should be familiar with being refugees. Indeed, the Bible instructs us “as aliens and refugees” to “abstain from fleshly lusts, which wage war against the soul” (1 Peter 2:11). For followers of Jesus, this world isn’t our home. We’re citizens of Heaven (Philippians 3:20). We belong to the Kingdom of God (Colossians 1:13), and we represent its interests as ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20). In the past, we were nothing special, but now we are the unique people of God (1 Peter 2:10). Jesus gave His life for us to create for Himself a people for His own special possession, so that we would dedicate our lives to loving Him and loving others (Titus 2:14; 1 Peter 2:9). Does it get any better than that?
Anyone who tries to live for Jesus will encounter persecution in this world, but it’s no big deal (2 Timothy 3:12). God has got our back. In fact, when you do something to a Christian, you’re doing it to Christ Himself. After all, He said “as you have done it for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you have done it for Me” (Matthew 25:40). Who are the Lord’s brothers? He explained “whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven is My brother, and sister, and mother” (Matthew 12:50).
So, as refugees and strangers in this world, let’s not get too comfortable while we’re here. Instead, we ought to set our hearts on heavenly things, staying focused on Jesus no matter what our circumstances may be.