Helping them where they are doesn't make sense become they are in a war zone.
There is no perfect solution........ helping get victims of war a safe place to be.
That is what I am suggesting. But I don’t see why the US is necessarily the place the people need to come to.
I would guess that most of these people do not want to come to the US and assimilate into our culture...they just want to be safe. IF (big if, I know) a safe place could be set up, supported by the US and maybe a number of our allies/other countries ( the UN??
) who are horrified by what is happening, I believe many of these people would be happy to be able to remain in an area where their beliefs and way of life can be continued. IF
they can feel safe in their surroundings.
The Old Testament talks about Israel taking in strangers--but it is a conditional offer based on the strangers being willing to join in the Hebrew beliefs--celebrating their Holy Days and living according to their many religious practices, for example. The country of Israel was under no obligation to take in strangers who were not willing to conform to their way of living. I don’t think most of these people fit into that category.
As in many other areas, the New Testament raises the bar. But we are not a country with infinitely deep pockets and we do have a responsibility to help and protect people who are here in this country already. In the context of taking care of orphans, widows, and indigent people within the Christian community, 1st Timothy has this to say:
1 Timothy 5:8 NIV
"Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” A strong statement that I’m not sure I completely support, but....there it is.
In a sense, though, I'm thinking of the old saw about "give the man a fish....teach him to fish..." My discussion rests on exploring what other solutions may be out there that perhaps are better for all concerned. It is a matter of “procedure” rather than a disagreement about the need for helping these people. There may be different ways to help the needy and poor. The goal is the same; the methods are different.