If you are looking for a book to read at this moment or in the near future, this is it. Seeking Refuge is a book that has been perfectly timed in the midst of this political season. The refugee crisis is a topic that we cannot and must not ignore.
People are on both sides of the issue, which has made this a heated debate. In the meantime, we’ve forgotten that these refugees are people and they need us.
The authors of this book did an excellent job reminding their readers to remember where these refugees originate. I appreciated that they didn’t just focus on the current refugee crisis, but they also went back to the Vietnam War and so many of the other periods of time when refugees sought safety.
The personal stories that they shared really drove home the point that the majority of these refugees want to be welcomed in a land that they thought would be safe for them.
The statistics shared in the book were something that I had not read before. They showed that having refugees may cost more up front because you have to cover some of those basic costs of living. As they become more self-sufficient, the economy booms.
There are many political books that share the world’s view of this crisis. But what is the biblical worldview where our example is from Scripture?
Seeking Refuge shares the biblical worldview all throughout its pages. We see in the beginning pages that Jesus tells us to welcome strangers in our land. We see that He was a refugee at several points in His own life. We hear that He tells us to love our neighbors.
The authors remind us that this is an opportunity for churches to reach out and form relationships with the refugees. This is a time for Christians to become active. While a good portion of the refugees is Christian, there is still a large portion that is coming to the U.S. with different beliefs. Even then, we are to love. We set aside fear to love.
I really appreciated the section in the book when the authors pointed out that as Christians, we hate being grouped in with the few Christians who are “judgmental or ignorant” or any other name Christians get called, simply because they chose to act in a way opposite from what Christ taught. So why do we do this with Muslims? Why do we say ALL Muslims are bad? That can go with any religion. No group likes to be lumped together with the people who make their religion look bad.
Media Bias: it’s real.
If we watch the news, we have gotten in our minds that most of the refugees wanting to set foot on the U.S. soil are out to hurt us. That’s simply not true. These are real people who are trying to save their lives and the lives of their families. They want to make a difference in the world just as much as you or me.
“Some of the smartest people are in refugee camps.”
I really hadn’t thought about that before, but how true. I’ve heard many people talk about the Holocaust and mention “I wonder how many possible doctors were killed” or “how many future cancer researchers,” etc. The same can be true for these camps. You have entrepreneurs, doctors, veterinarians, pharmacists, teachers, and so many more professionals right there in these camps. They long to use their skills in the same way that we long to use ours.
Thank you for writing a book that is so relevant to the issues we face today.
I learned a lot while reading this book and have been challenged to get involved with World Relief. You can volunteer, provide a welcome kit, join a good neighbor team, and even host a refugee Sunday for your church. World Relief has many options for you to become active and get involved.
So what are you waiting for? Read this book and ACT!
I received this book free from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.