The brokenness of the world weighs heavily on our hearts this holiday season. The attacks by ISIS and Boko Haram are heartbreaking reminders of the cruelty and evil in our world. They are intended to cultivate fear and mistrust in our very midst.
We yearn for the security of a peaceful world, but we must not misplace blame on the refugees who are fleeing the same nightmares of the violence and terrorism that we mourn in Paris.
As Christians, as Americans, and as global citizens, we stand up to those who slaughter innocents. We stand with the most vulnerable, and we stand for welcome.
Every day, LIRS offers life-saving protection for deeply vulnerable families through resettlement. With the safeguards already in place, we can continue to welcome refugees while ensuring our safety.
No one leaves home—no one chooses the rickety boat and the refugee camp—unless they cannot stay. To close the door on resettling Syrian refugees would be nothing less than signing a death warrant for tens of thousands of families fleeing for their very lives.
Faith compels us to welcome the sojourner, to serve our neighbors—all of them. As the Pope reminded us in his address to Congress earlier this year, we strive to live out the Golden Rule: “In a word, if we want security, let us give security; if we want life, let us give life.”
Yours in faith,
Linda Hartke, President and CEO