Presvytera Vassi Makris Haros is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art, Architecture & Planning and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. She is the owner, designer and photographer of V’s Cardbox, In Service and Love. a greeting card company featuring cards with an Orthodox voice. She strongly feels that experiencing the Orthodox Faith through the church’s cyclical calendar of feasts and fasts is a gift that is too often overlooked.
Recently, The Washington Post ran a story titled, “Southern Baptist Convention urges churches to welcome refugees” by Julie Zauzmer.
The article bagan with, “In the midst of a political season in which political leaders have frequently decried refugees as a security threat to the United States, the nation’s second-largest religious group sent a different message about refugees on Wednesday: Welcome them.”
They made a good point. According to the resolution, “Scripture calls for and expects God’s people to minister to the sojourner… We encourage Southern Baptist churches and families to welcome and adopt refugees into their churches and homes.”
The resolution also spoke to fears about the dangers that come with open borders. “We call on the governing authorities to implement the strictest security measures possible in the refugee screening and selection process, guarding against anyone intent on doing harm.”
It sounds like a great concept. Christians should show charity and hospitality to strangers and those who are in need.
I assume that many of the refugees are Orthodox Christians. But there are also Muslim refugees fleeing terror.
Should the Orthodox faithful in America develop a similar resolution?
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