JESUS THE REFUGEE
As we celebrate Christmas we should remember that Jesus himself was once a refugee and welcome those who are refugees today, said the Revd Dr R.Alun Evans, President of the Union of Welsh Independents in his Christmas message.
Two thousand years after Jesus’ family fled to Egypt before Herod’s massacre of the babes of Bethlehem according to the Gospel of Matthew, Middle Eastern refugees are still fleeing for their lives today, he said.
“As Christians, we should welcome these homeless refugees with open arms,” he added. “Turning them away contradicts the teachings of Jesus who urges us to invite the stranger in, saying that ‘whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Mat.25:40)
“The plight of Syrian refugees, to tragically and graphically shown by the picture of little Aylan Kurdi washed up on a beach in Greece, has been overshadowed by the horrific attacks in Paris. But the actions of the murderous few must not cause us to harden our hearts to the continuous plight of the refugees.
“It is heartbreaking that some Christians, both in the UK and in America, want to close the borders to these desperate people. We should remember Jesus’ promise that ‘I will never turn away anyone who comes to me’ (John 6:37)” said Dr R. Alun Evans.”In his name, we must extend help to the helpless this Christmas.”