Our Faith Declaration Concerning Refugees

We the session of Sturge Presbyterian Church believe that refugees fleeing tyranny should be allowed into our country.  

We affirm this because God calls on us to faithfully obey Him by following the Bible’s clear guidance in caring for the least among us—even the aliens.  God consistently cares for the weak and the displaced.  Starting with Genesis, when God sends an angel to care for Hagar (Genesis 16:6-8), we see that caring for the weak refugee is important to God, and therefore, to us.  Especially poignant now is God’s command to the king of Judah through the prophet Jeremiah…

“Thus says the LORD: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place.” (Jeremiah 22:3).

Most importantly, Jesus tells us that when He comes into his glory, he will separate the sheep from the goats and invite his righteous chosen to inherit the kingdom of heaven.  How will Jesus recognize his chosen?  Among the signs of righteousness, Jesus mentions this: “I was a stranger and you welcomed me….Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:35;40)  

We seek to honor and obey Jesus’ commands.  We therefore humbly call on our leaders to open our hearts and our borders once again to refugees (especially those who have green cards).