December 18, 2015


Evangelicals commit to refugee resettlement efforts (Timothy C. Morgan, December 18, 2015, RNS)

Rejecting fearmongering about the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the U.S., about 100 evangelical leaders are calling on Christians and their churches "to support ministries showing the love of Jesus to the most vulnerable, those in desperate need, and the hurting."

"Our statement is to change a narrative of fear and instead focus on faith and compassion," said Ed Stetzer, executive director of LifeWay Research in Nashville, Tenn. "Our desire is not to resettle everybody in another country. When a house is burning down, we need to put out the fire and rescue people fleeing the fire."

Meeting on Thursday (Dec. 17) at Wheaton College, outside of Chicago, evangelical leaders said in their statement, "We will motivate and prepare our churches and movements to care for refugees. We will not be motivated by fear but by love for God and others. ... We cannot allow voices of fear to dominate. Instead, we commit to actions of love and compassion for refugees." They said there are nearly 60 million displaced or refugee people worldwide, "a humanitarian crisis of unprecedented size."

The planning event brought together top leaders from World Relief, World Vision, the Southern Baptist Convention, the Wesleyan Church, the Assemblies of God, and more than 50 other groups for dialogue in advance of a larger event on Jan. 20, designed to develop a sustainable Christian response to the global refugee crisis.

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