I have two questions and two answers in response to the concerns raised by Rose Carson about bringing in Syrian refugees. If you had not won the lottery of birth and were now living in a tent somewhere in the Middle East having had your past, present and future torn from you, what would you be feeling as country after country took away your chance of a future for yourself and perhaps your children?
Have you made contributions of time or money to help alleviate homelessness and poverty in Canada?
I don’t believe it is an either/or proposition. We can help those in need both here and abroad if we so choose.
Yes, we may have to readjust our priorities, perhaps our lifestyles, and yes some of us may have to pay a bit more for the privilege of living in a stable country, and ultimately a stable world.
In the end, the answer is quite simple: to give Syrian refugees a second chance at a bright future is the right thing to do.
The Bible repeatedly exhorts Christians to “love thy neighbour as thyself.” From Matthew 25: 35: “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”