Does the Bible give any indication as to our responsibilities with regard to the refugees from overseas? Actually — it DOES! 1 Tim 5:8 says, “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
Consider for a moment the amount of people in this nation who are homeless … or let’s get personal … how many in our families have real needs (not wants motivated by greed, but real, genuine needs) and are going without right now? If we are truly Christians, how can we extend hands of grace to everyone else and ignore our own? So, to all the arm-chair quarterbacks in our nation telling us how we should behave I have one simple question … if we REFUSE to take care of our very own (to do nothing and ignore them is to refuse them), how are we measuring up on the supposed “charitable” scale then?
To quote a former parishioner of mine: “Better sweep up your own porch before you try to clean someone else’s.”
Is your spiritual life suffering? Consider these three questions:
- How often do you spend time in prayer?
- How often are you reading and studying your Bible?
- How often are you in fellowship with other believers (like in church)?
What’s critical here is that all three of these are items you can control … therefore, if you spiritual life is suffering, stop blaming God and change your behavior(s).