About UK refugees and asylum seekers: Why Help?
The Bible is quite clear that God’s heart is for the marginalised and poor. He tells his people, both in the Old and New Testaments, that we are to:
- Treat foreigners as if they are native-born (Leviticus 19:33-34)
- Show hospitality to strangers (Hebrews 13:2)
- Welcome the stranger, clothe the naked and feed the hungry (Matthew 25:31-46)
- Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute (Proverbs 31:8)
- Give justice and help to the poor and needy, because that’s what it means to know God (Jeremiah 22:15-16)
Marginalised, Misunderstood and Vilified
In the UK, no one is more marginalised, misunderstood and vilified than the asylum seeker. Every new immigration act brings more hardship for those seeking asylum, and the immigration environment is becoming ever more hostile. Genuine refugees are often refused sanctuary here, made destitute and put in detention, even though they have committed no crime. Much of the press coverage is biased and untrue, and asylum seekers have no way of correcting false perceptions or standing up for themselves.
The Church is ideally placed to take on that role, both in social action and social justice. As we do that we will reflect the heart of our Lord, and many who receive that friendship and help will come to know Him as a result.
If you want to research the Bible more fully for teaching relating to refugees, you can find relevant notes and sermons in the Resources Page.