On Refugees and the Murder of an MP

When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress or mistreat him. But the stranger who resides with you shall be to you like someone native-born among you; and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt; I am the LORD your God.

Leviticus 19:33, 34 (AMP)

We were all slaves to sin and shame once. Jesus set us free. Let’s remember that the people we meet may never have met Jesus. When they meet us, let His love be the most obvious thing about us.

“You are the light of [Christ to] the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.”

Matthew 5:14,15 (AMP)

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The above is all that I was going to post this morning, but I just want to add that my thoughts are with the family of Jo Cox, who was killed yesterday in an unprovoked and almost unprecedented act of violence for the UK. An attack on a Member of Parliament is an attack on democracy itself. So very sad. So many prayers. I pray that there will be some good that emerges from the situation, some light from the darkness, and that the Cox family will know the peace that passes understanding. Although I didn’t know it, Jo Cox campaigned for the Syrian refugees and for those in poverty, so perhaps the post above will be even more appropriate today.

Letter to my MP

Dear **** MP,

Today you will vote in parliament regarding whether the UK should join the air strikes against the terrible phenomenon that calls itself Islamic State. Not since WWII have we witnessed such barbaric ideological extremism threatening to spread across an already unstable region.

I do not know whether it is right for the UK to join with others against Islamic State, or whether we should refrain from getting involved in yet another war, where British troops inevitably become perpetrators of violence against innocent victims. It is a terrible decision to have to make. I write to tell you that I will pray for you and all other MPs today to make the right decision.

Yours sincerely…

Please consider contacting your local MP.