One of the biggest stories in the news this week has been the clearance of migrants from the infamous “Jungle Camp” in Calais. Over 4,000 refugees from Iraq, Syria, Eritrea, Somalia and other countries were moved out of their makeshift homes in the camp and taken by bus to centres across France.
Opinions about this story are divided. One reader left the following comment on the Independent newspaper’s website: “About time. These economic migrants need to be sent back to their countries. We cannot feed the whole world. Nor should we.”
Not everyone, however, shares that view – least of all God.
A passage from the Old Testament of the Bible, written almost 3,500 years ago, says this: “For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners…”. Deuteronomy 10:17-19 NIVUK
In God’s eyes, migrants and refugees are to be treated in the same way as orphans and widows: with love and respect. God looks after the weak, the helpless and the homeless. In fact, he loves and cares for all people.
The exciting news is that, whoever you are and wherever you are, God is on your side.
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