Today Wednesday 20th June is World Refugee Day and we’re in the middle of Refugee Week in the UK.
Like many people of faith, I’m angry that the Bible has been used to justify the separation of children from their parents in the US. If you’re not aware, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, said this: “I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order. If you cross the Southwest border unlawfully, then the Department of Homeland Security will arrest you and the Department of Justice will prosecute you. Having children does not give you immunity from arrest and prosecution.”
The White House Press Secretary, Sarah Sanders, also said: “it is very biblical to enforce the law. That is actually repeated a number of times throughout the Bible.” Thankfully, a number of faith leaders in the States, have refuted this view.
The more I read the Bible, the more I see a call to love, welcome, give and protect the vulnerable and the stranger. I can’t let World Refugee Day and Refugee Week pass without doing something. So here are some ideas:
- The Refugee Week website has 20 ideas for simple acts.
- Read more about the situation in the States on the Sojourners website.
- Read God is Stranger by Krish Kandiah.
- Find out more about refugees in your own community.
- Read these stats on the UNHCR website.
EDIT: Send an email to Homeland Security here through Amnesty International.