We understand that this is a polarizing subject, especially welcoming Muslim Refugees and loving them as neighbors.  Therefore, we have put together a list of resources that have helped shape our thoughts on how to love our neighbors.

Syrian Refugee Vetting Process:  http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/finding-refuge  
                 This is a great video following a few families on their journey to become a refugee to the US as a Syrian Refugee.

The Bible: 12% of evangelical Christians say that their views on immigration are primarily influenced by the Bible (LifeWay Research, 2015)

  • We are called to love the foreigner and provide for their needs (Hebrews 13:2) (Leviticus 25:35) (Deuteronomy 10:19) (Deuteronomy 14:29) (Leviticus 19:10) (1 Timothy 5:10) etc.

  • It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35)

  • It is more honorable to love those in need than those who will repay you (Luke 6:31-36)

  • It is more desirable to be humble like a child than to be wise in your own eyes (Matthew 18:4 & Matthew 23)

  • We are called to be servants of others (Matthew 20:28)

  • We are all sinful and fall short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:23)

  • We must forgive others sins if we want God to forgive our sins (Matthew 6:14-15)

  • God gives eternal life to those who believe in him (John 3:16)

  • No one is righteous in accordance with the law; righteousness is freely and graciously given to us by God through faith in Jesus so that no one may boast (Romans 3)
  • Foreigners have a special place in God’s heart (3 John 1:5)

Books:

  • Cross-Cultural Servanthood by Duane Elmer
  • Generous Justice by Tim Keller
  • Welcoming the Stranger by Matthew Soerens and Jenny Hwang Yang
  • Muslims, Christians and Jesus by Carl Medearis 
  • The Middle of  Everywhere by Mary Pipher

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