Let’s think about the refugee problem in the light of the doctrine of Providence.
We believe in God the Father, Almighty. Not only did God create the world, but he rules it in every detail. That does not mean that God forces people to do what he wants, nor does it mean that he approves of the evil people do. It means that God has worked out a plan for the world that’s called “The Kingdom of God,” which has its focus in Jesus Christ, crucified, risen, and coming again. For the world in rebellion against God, this means that God is working in history to save people and transfer them into his kingdom. His kingdom advances in the world through the followers of Jesus doing evangelism, showing mercy and seeking justice.
So, what is a Christian perspective and response to the present refugee crisis? Our unique Christian perspective is to understand that the refugee crisis is under God’s rule – not that he approves the wrongs that led to the crisis; nor that he did the wrongs that led to it; nor that we should be complacent about it. Rather, Christians believe that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ is at work through these wrongs to advance the kingdom of God, and that God enlists us toward that end.
As followers of Jesus, we are to be “move with compassion” into action. We are to follow the Good Samaritan, showing unconditional mercy, and follow the apostles, proclaiming the Good News of Jesus. The doctrine of God’s providence affirms that God is at work for good even in such dreadful circumstances. Let us pray that we Christians seize this unparalleled opportunity to share the love of Christ and to pass on His Good News to those who have come in need to our doorstep.
Grace and Peace!