The World Evangelical Alliance Issues a Call to Christians in All Nations to Welcome Refugees
January 31, 2017
NOTE: Members of the World Reformed Fellowship have written extensively about Christian responsibility to refugees. Some of that material may be found here - http://wrfnet.org/articles/2015/11/wrf-members-around-world-address-issue-immigration#.WJFBAlMrIdU . As an organizational member of the WEA, we support the call below.
WEA Issues Call to Welcome Refugees
New York, NY – January 29, 2017
In light of recent developments related to the ongoing global refugee crisis, the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) is issuing the following ‘Call to Welcome Refugees’:
We wholeheartedly affirm the clear teaching of the Holy Bible that the people of God are called by God to ‘love’ and ‘welcome’ the foreigner and stranger (Leviticus 19:33,34 and Matthew 25:34-36).
We therefore call upon the worldwide body of Christ to reflect the heart of God and to actively love and welcome refugees.
We call upon Christian leaders and pastors to deepen their biblical understanding of forced displacement and to intentionally minister in ways intended to create space in the hearts and minds of others for refugees.
We call upon Christians everywhere to pursue a biblically informed perspective of forced displacement and to actively seek the welfare of refugees.
Recognizing that the global refugee crisis is putting great pressure on governments, we call upon Christians to pray for wisdom for government leaders involved in refugee-related policy-making.
Affirming article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights1 that states,
“Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution;”
Affirming the preamble of the Convention and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees2 in which it is written,
“Considering that the grant of asylum may place unduly heavy burdens on certain countries, and that a satisfactory solution of a problem of which the United Nations has recognized the international scope and nature cannot therefore be achieved without international co-operation;”
and further affirming Article Three of the Convention in which it is stated,
“The Contracting States shall apply the provisions of this Convention to refugees without discrimination as to race, religion or country of origin;”
we call upon the governments of signing nations to clearly honour these international agreements as they respond to the challenges and pressures of the global refugee crisis.
Bp Efraim Tendero, Secretary General of the WEA; Comm. Christine MacMillan, Associate Secretary General for Public Engagement who heads up WEA’s Refugee Task Force; Tom Albinson, WEA Ambassador for Refugees, Displaced and Stateless People.