1 Peter 2:11-25
As I write this devotional the headlines are the Paris bombings and Syrian refugee resettlement in the US. Because one bomber had a Syrian ID many state governors are requesting that President Obama rethink the resettlement of 10,000 Syrian refugees in the U.S. Their concern is a possible ISIS terrorist among the refugees. Is this reason enough to deny entry to a majority of refugees seeking asylum from fear to live here in peace?
Peter reminds us Christians that we are sojourners and exiles in this world. He writes: “Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles … Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God…”
Though the world sees us as evildoers it is imperative that we live honorable lives so our good deeds are seen to glorify God. Today is Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., as spiritual exiles who have a heavenly home awaiting us, we have much to be thankful for. We can show our thanks by reaching out in faith to those who are earthly refugees and share with them the love of God.
Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, make me mindful this world is not my home. I am just passing through. As I do so give me your heart so I might reach out in welcoming love to all who feel misplaced. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Carl Haynes, the Pastor of Christiana Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.