Recently, a friend came up to me at church and asked my opinion regarding the crisis in Europe as millions are leaving their homes in war torn Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and Eritrea, in hope for a better life in Germany, Austria, Italy and other European nations. For the most part, these refugees want a better life for their families. While I have followed the news on the crisis, I have failed to give some perspective of the crisis from a Christian perspective.
There are a couple ideas we need to consider as Christians: First, we should pray. This may seem like a trite Biblical response, but ponder this idea: What if these refugees, who are largely from Muslim locations, come to Europe and get a chance to hear the Gospel for the very first time? What if these refugees convert to Christianity and feel a call to go back to their Muslim nation and tell people about Christ? We should pray that these people get help, but we should also pray that the Gospel can reach them. We should pray that God would give our missionaries strategic ideas to help these people in their hour of need and ultimately pray that they can share the Gospel with them.
Secondly, we should be nimble as a church. Here is what I mean: too often churches have little to no financial margin in order to respond as a church. This must change. The average American has a great deal of wealth; we must always make sure that we have the ability to respond when tragedy strikes. Whether it is this crisis, the Nepal earthquake, or another Katrina, we must be willing and able to respond quickly to such radical needs.
We are the light of the world. It is our duty to respond with help. By doing so, we propel the Gospel forward to people who have never heard. After all, this is what we are suppose to be as the church.