I don’t think it is necessary for me to explain what the migrant crisis is. If you don’t know yet, I am hardly the one to educate you on the matter. What I do find necessary is an examination of the crisis.
First, why are we calling these people “migrants”? They are refugees. They aren’t leaving Syria because they want to. They aren’t simply migrating to other countries. They are fleeing the violence and hate of both their government and ISIS.
Second, how can we respond so poorly to such a need of humanity? I understand the massive burdens necessary to take in the great numbers of people flowing into Europe, but that is just it. They aren’t just numbers. These are humans being who need their, and our, help. How can we build walls and fences to prevent people who walked thousands of miles to find safety from achieving that safety?
Third, where is our response from Christians in America? According to World Vision, this crisis is affecting more than 12 million people, more than the Haitian earthquake and Hurricane Katrina and the Indian Tsunami combined. I must wonder if the reason is because the people are predominantly Muslims. All the more, as Christians we ought to be showing the world our deep care and respect for human life whether we agree with their religion or not. Our God is a God of all, who loves all and desires all to love Him. During such a crisis when families are forced to be uprooted, shaken, we could live the light we have been given, and, in so doing, show others that same light.
Regardless, though, the world seems rather apathetic to these people’s plight. We Christians have failed, certainly. But so too has the world as a whole. Their calls for help rang out most clear in the picture of young Aylan Kurdi. He was but one boy. No doubt other children, whole other families, have drowned on their journey. And we watch.
And we watch.