What makes someone a Refugee?

 

It is not their poor choices.  It has nothing to do with mismanagement of money, or not being a good steward of their possession, time, talent, treasures.  In fact, it has very little to do with any action by them at all.  A refugee is made based solely upon the country, region and city in which they were born.  

When I think about how many poor choices I’ve made and how many times I’ve been a poor steward of what God has given me, I wonder why on earth did He choose me to be born in the United States of America, into a country that has seen prosperity unlike maybe any other in the history of the world.  Yet, I find myself still thinking I’ve earned it somehow.

What I realize is that I have done nothing to earn what God has given me, yet I’ve done plenty wrong to deserve much less than I’ve been given.

What I’ve learned about refugees is that they’ve done nothing to deserve their plight in life and in many ways have been better stewards of their resources than I have been.  Like the widow and the orphan, refugees did nothing wrong to be in the position of complete vulnerability and reliance on others.  God’s heart for the least of these is so big, so should mine!  

Here is a link to the process a refugee goes through to enter the US:  

https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/11/20/infographic-screening-process-refugee-entry-united-states