Who Is My Neighbor?

I have often considered the arguments against an open border policy:
“A country should place its citizens first, and look at what happened in Cologne on NYE – that’s what happens when you go ‘full Merkel’ and embrace refugees with open arms, and what about overcrowding and a lack of state resources (and Singapore is so small!! how could we ever welcome refugees when there is already an excess of foreigners here..)”
And I do think that these are real concerns. But I know also that it is not right to treat mission work to the poor & needy like some distant relative that I only visit when guilt piles up, to be kept at arms length and in a nice neat box labelled ‘Occasional Charity (When Convenient)’. If I believe wholeheartedly that Jesus came to die because God so loved the world – the whole world, and not just me and my middle income family and our comforts – then I too must love the world.
In his letter to the church in Corinth, Paul wrote:
Now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace God has given the churches of Macedonia. In the terrible ordeal they suffered, their abundant joy and deep poverty overflowed into rich generosity… For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.”
May we who are so very rich then put aside our fears and lay down these comforts to be poor, that that our present abundance might lead to the salvation of those who are desperately in need.


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