Today, around 65 million people are living as refugees, having been forced to flee their homes due to hatred and violence. They are among the most traumatised and vulnerable people in the world. God makes it absolutely clear in the Bible that we are to care for refugees – the ‘foreigners’ or ‘strangers’ in our midst. Jesus himself experienced life as a refugee in his early years, and always preached about the importance of showing love to the most vulnerable in our societies. Read and share these verses about the importance of welcoming and caring for the most vulnerable people – including refugees.
1. Do not mistreat foreigners who are living in your land. Treat them as you would an Israelite, and love them as you love yourselves. Remember that you were once foreigners in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.
2. He makes sure that orphans and widows are treated fairly; he loves the foreigners who live with our people, and gives them food and clothes. So then, show love for those foreigners, because you were once foreigners in Egypt.
3. “Long ago I gave these commands to my people: ‘You must see that justice is done, and must show kindness and mercy to one another. Do not oppress widows, orphans, foreigners who live among you, or anyone else in need.”
4. I am the Lord, and I consider all people the same, whether they are Israelites or foreigners living among you.
5. See that justice is done – help those who are oppressed, give orphans their rights, and defend widows.
6. If you give food to the hungry and satisfy those who are in need, then the darkness around you will turn to the brightness of noon.
7. Remember to welcome strangers in your homes. There were some who did that and welcomed angels without knowing it.
8. “Whoever has two shirts must give one to the man who has none, and whoever has food must share it.”