Day 33 – Stranger Love

Romans 12:13

“Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.”

There are two groups in this passage–the saints and the strangers.  The saints are fellow-believers, members of the Church, insiders.  The strangers are not saints.  The strangers are outsiders.  And here they are side by side in a larger passage about genuine Christian love (see Romans 12:9ff).  Both are to be shown care in the midst of their need.  Christian love demands it.

Questions for Reflection

Some politicians (including the president) have proposed that Christian refugees should be given preference over non-Christian refugees?  Do you agree or disagree?  Explain.

Are you more likely to support organizations that focus their attention on Christians in need or organizations that are not specifically faith focused?  What guides your decision?

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