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NOT WELCOME

Richard Lawton & Wesley Overhults

barbed wire Ftr TSP 474704273I’m acutely aware of injustice being done by my government. People who are afraid for their lives, persecuted for their faith, or looking for a better life pour into Australia from places like Afghanistan, Iran, and Sri Lanka. Recently, a thousand people drowned coming to Australia in leaky boats. Our major political parties try to outdo each other in being tough on asylum seekers. They say that people coming to Australia should join our refugee queue, though that would make it impossible for some to come to our country. Afghans who get through are locked in detention centers for years. Who in our government cares more for people than for politics?

What can ordinary people do? We can talk to our politicians, try to muster public opinion, sign petitions. But the situation only gets worse. So we pray. We reach out to the refugees who get through the system; and we work to change the system, which Jesus might describe by saying, “I was a stranger and you did not invite me in” (Matthew 25:43a, NIV).

—Richard Lawton

 

“Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.”
Zechariah 7:9b (NIV)

REFLECT: Jesus broke laws that were suffocating society. He questioned leaders who were more interested in serving themselves than in fairly governing the people. Jesus was a teacher who instructed through action, and sometimes his teachings put him at odds with people in power. As followers of Jesus, we too are called to question unjust laws and to work to change them for the better.

—Wesley Overhults

—from devozine (March/April 2014). Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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