The Refugee Crisis

Video on European refugee/migration crisis

The above link offers a balanced and objective perspective of the migrant situation in Europe. History will say something of us about how we responded. What will it say?  Some see the current number of migrants as a threat, while others believe migrants should be welcomed whatever the cost. Public opinion is strongly shaped by the way this crisis is reported in the newspapers. Politicians have not clarified the distinctions between different types of migrants. People arriving in Europe are bot refugees and other types of migrants like students, economic migrants and family members. There will be some using this crisis as a potential ‘Trojan horse’ to get into other countries.

But these different types of migrants’ needs differ. This simply has not been discussed at all. For the most part it has been a response of fear out of concern for how it will effect our own country. However, refusing or accepting people into your country affects more than just the migrants. For example, large  businesses obtain a cheap source of labour that leads to economic growth. But there also can be a cost to housing, people’s wages, children’s places in school  and  health facilities to name just a few. Rapid migration can affect social cohesion and perceptions of security.

Nations are not pure in ethnicity, it is a myth to think so. The reality is that modern nations are cultural hybrids which in turn is organic to historical factors such as empire and colonialism or post colonialism since the Second World War. There is a definite legitimate argument that the West is complicit with this migration crisis because of its involvement in the destabilising of the Middle East, particularly through the illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003. People so easily forget such monumental events like the invasion of a country on the basis of a lie, which was basically about the maintaining of the petrodollar and western imperialism. So to respond with xenophobia to people who have been unimaginably traumatised through war, persecution and famine say’s something about western ‘civilisation’.  It say’s something fundamentally warped about Western culture’s intrinsic belief about what it means to be human.

There are different views of Globalism like anything, but it hard to totally dismiss how fragmenting and destabilising it has been to the nation state. As a follower of Jesus Christ, I agree with the view that individual Christians and Churches can play a vital role in this refugee crisis. We can urge politicians to make peace building a top priority and provide humanitarian aid to neighbouring countries that shelter most refugees.

According to the UN there are 65 millions refugees worldwide. 86% of these refugees are taken in by Third World developing countries. Only 5% are hosted by the world’s 5 richest countries. The UK has pledged to take 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020, but this nowhere matches the scale of the crisis. The poorest countries like Lebanon and Iraq are hosting the vast majority. Unbelievable. Iraq was decimated severely by the US and UK invasion and has arguably unleashed militant Islam and therefore is very responsible for this immigration crisis. America and Britain has a long history of collusion with radical Islam and is responsible before God, the Judge of all mankind.

Every human being deserves a safe place to call home and every human being deserves the basic necessities of life like water, food, sanitation and shelter, let alone dignity and respect. Christians can support charities working with displaced people, we can all take part in welcoming refugees in our cities and our regions. Local churches and help all categories of migrant to integrate more effectively. They can do by offering hospitality, practical help, language lessons, legal advice, refer and signpost to relevant agencies, advocacy and much more.

Through this Churches can provoke others to really think about what kind of society we want to live in. Churches can respond by being proactive and having group discussions and seminars on a biblical understanding of ‘Exile’ and what it really means to be the people of God. We can raise our voice to demand a better balance between protection against excess migration and protection for genuine refugees seeking safety. Jesus himself as soon as he was born had to flee to Egypt, as an adult the Maker of heaven and earth had no place to lay his head. He understands and he expects His people to show the most vulnerable what He is really like….

 

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Men’s group for followers of Jesus Christ?

I reckon there must be some Christian men out there who just don’t experience the camaraderie in church-that we long for. Are we not as men wired for camaraderie, a true sense of brotherhood that transcends the usual wearing of a mask? The key word is intentional. If men are not intentional about creating authentic brotherhood then it is not going to happen is it? My name is Nigel Mohammed. I’ve struggled with church culture for the most part of 30 years and have finally left, because traditional institutional church is not going to change. Going through the motions doesn’t develop authenticity.  There are guys out there who don’t jive with the church deal. There’s a big disconnect. My email is resistzeitgeist807@gmail.com and I would love to hear from passionate followers of Jesus who want to get down to the bone real and are prepared to be intentional about developing something more authentic than ‘singing, sermons and socialising’ on a Sunday morning. If you’re in the trenches alone and the bullets are coming from all directions, what kind of guy would you want next to you?  Middle class respectability does not cut it in the trenches- the real battle zones that we are trying to cope with.

If you are interested in being intentional about a fellowship of the heart and pursuing authenticity, not that I am an expert. Reality not Religion, the email me: Nigel Mohammed resistzeitgeist807@gmail.com

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Great sites for sermons

Anointed substantial Christ-centred preaching where the Holy Spirit convicts, glorifies the Person and Work of Christ is very rare in these days of privatised, individualised faith. The following website has hundreds of meaty sermons on numerous topics. I would thoroughly recommend it.

http://www.sermonindex.net/

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Church for men

Here is a great website with many many links to men’s ministries, resources, ideas, although they are based mostly in the States, this site is full of practical information and men’s ministry ideas that can really help to get men engaged where they need to be….

http://www.churchformen.com/

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Authentic manhood

What is Authentic Manhood? 

The heart of a king is a pro-visionary heart, that looks ahead, watches over, and provides order, mercy and justice. The heart of a warrior is a protective heart, the warrior shields, defends, stands between and guards. A warrior is a protector. Men stand tallest when they are protecting and defending. The heart of a mentor is a teaching heart. The mentor knows. He wants others to know. He models, explains, and trains. He disciples-first his wife and kids, then others. He has a spiritual heart…he exercises the energy of inititiation and transformation. The heart of a friend is a loving heart. It is a care-giving heart. Passionate, yes. But more. Compassionate (‘I will be with you’). The friend in a man is a committment maker. And a promise keeper. His is the ‘energy that connects men to others and to the world’. Sourced in Scripture, observed in history, and experienced personally, these four pillars bear the weight of authentic masculinity. They co-exist. They overlap. And when they come together in a man, you will know it. You will feel it. You will be touched by it. Like four strands of steel in a cable, they will hold you’. (Stu Weber, Tender Warrior p42-3)

http://authenticmanhood.com/

 

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Reformation

Here’s a Reformation theology website that really has its finger on the pulse on contemporary Christianity

White Horse Inn

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