The following is a blog written by Jeremy Lucarelli. He serves as the Director of Leadership Development at Precept Ministries International. Leadership Development includes Precept’s Transform Student Ministry and Precept Training. He also serves as a pastor at Sojourn Chattanooga.
The mere mention of the word conjures up emotion. Visceral-news-media and political-pundit driven emotion. Rather than a binary choice – choose one option or the other, for or against – it is more of a spectrum, a sliding scale. Sadly, many Christians are confused, thinking there can only be one or the other. Right or wrong. Black or white. It’s just not that simple.
While confused, they’re also adamant-whatever side I’m on, the other side is evil. Weird, right? Adamant in their confusion.
If someone wants to find out more information, they could turn on the news or search the internet – the adamant confusion then turns into a frenzy of shock and awe, opinion, talking heads along with either fear-based commentary or guilt-based commentary. Adamant confusion turns belligerent.
There must be a more excellent way. There is an opportunity for us to listen and engage.
Christian, have you considered what God says?
Sure, we can proof-text our opinion on either side of the spectrum.
On one end we can focus on “Upholding the law” from a Romans 13 vantage point.
Somewhere on that spectrum, we can point out Jesus’ statement,
“I was a stranger and you welcomed me in.”
What if we put political opinion and confusion aside and asked the Lord to speak to us from His Word?
Oh, friends, I would love to invite you on a wild ride over the next few weeks. Come, journey through the Word with Precept Ministries International as we explore together what God says about the sojourner, refugee, alien, and stranger.
One of my good friends, the talented videographer Cameron just returned from visiting African refugee camps in Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia. In these camps, there is a hunger to know God, to engage the living bread of Jesus and the daily bread of His Word. I can’t wait to hang out with Cameron and share some of his stories-their stories of grace and grit-with you in the future. Until then, Cam posted this glimpse: