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Tens of thousands of refugees and migrants escaping from war in Syria, Afganistan, and Africa are fleeing to Europe. It is the biggest refugee influx since the second world war, and European governments are in conflict over how to deal with the increasing crisis.
This morning, Hungarian police put hundreds of migrants, mostly families with children, all of whom believed they were heading for a welcome in Germany, onto a train in Budapest. Then several miles out of the city, stopped the train and everyone was ordered to disembark. They were met by armed police who told them that they were being sent to camps where they would be “evaluated.” If they refused to go, they would be arrested.
Today, the President of the European Union, Donald Tusk responded to the Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban who is warning that the influx of migrants threatens Europe’s “Christian roots” and should be stopped. Mr Tusk responded
“For me Christianity is a duty to our brothers in need.
“For a Christian it shouldn’t matter what race, religion and nationality the person in need represents.”
I agree. I can’t see that loving each other comes with the limitation of a barbed wire fence. Yes, I know: there are Islamists bent on destroying Christianity and European civilization who almost certainly are infiltrating the migrants, posing as refugees. But is a schreeching YOU CAN’T COME IN! the best solution we can come up with? My experience is that, in fact, one needn’t be a Christian to find a more loving, creative, and ultimately effective response than that.
Isn’t that the point Jesus was making talking to the woman at the well?