A Christian Response to the Refugee Crisis
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"You shall neither mistreat a stranger nor oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt." Exodus 22:21
What are the facts and forces behind the refugee crisis? What does the future hold? How should we as Christians respond?
The main thing is to keep the main the main thing. Our greatest priority on earth is to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love our neighbour as ourself. We are to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33). The Great Commission must be our supreme ambition. "All authority has been given to Me in Heaven and on earth. Go therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you…" Matthew 28:18-20. Christ's last Command must be our first concern.
Prayer & Praise Update - Moving Mountains
Today we are moving mountains of Bibles and books. Just three weeks ago we received the joyful report from the field: "Jordan crossed!" signalling the successful delivery into Zimbabwe of over 30 tonnes of Bibles and Christian books. God's provision, protection and perfect timing were evident throughout the mission.
Border crossings into Marxist Zimbabwe can always present a challenge. Corruption, confusion and chaos are great daunting obstacles that are often frustrating, intimidating and time-wasting. Even after overcoming the beaurocratic obstacle course at the border, there are multiple roadblocks within the country. One of our recent Mission teams reported passing through over 50 police and army roadblocks in Zimbabwe. So the successful delivery of this shipment to Christians within Zimbabwe was a major answer to prayer.
The HEART and SOUL of KARL MARX
In his Manifesto of 1848, Karl Marx wrote: "The theory of the communists may be summed up in a single sentence: Abolition of private property." "You reproach us with intending to do away with your property. Precisely so: that is just what we intend."
Have We Adopted Marxist Ideas?
To this end, he advocated:
1.Abolition of property rights and application of all rents to the state.
2.A heavy progressive graduated income tax.
3.Abolition of all rights of inheritance by taxing inheritance.
4.Confiscation of the property of emigrants and all rebels to the state.
5.Centralisation of credit in banks of the state, by means of a national bank with an exclusive monopoly on money supply.
6.Centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state.
7.Factories and instruments of production to be owned by the state; wilderness areas to be nationalised by the state.
8.Equal obligation of all to be put to work by the state.
9.Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
10.Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country, by more equable distribution of the populous over the country.
11.Free and compulsory education for all children in state schools.