I know everyone is now commenting on the refugee crisis (NOT immigrant crisis – important difference), and I know people will soon be overwhelmed by all the images, and videos going around. But, even if no-one reads it, I felt compelled to write something. I want history to show that I, with my little voice, at least did something, I at least tried to shout.
The trouble is I’m not sure what to say – when you see a child, no bigger than my own dear children, dead on a beach – what possible words can be brought to communicate the heart wrenching injustice of it?
I could talk about my own faith. I could talk about how the whole world is the Lord’s and that ALL people are made in his image. I could talk about the Biblical commands to offer the refugee a home (e.g. Deut 24:18-20), or how Jesus was a refugee when he was an infant (Matt 2:13-15). I could talk about the biblical mandate for hospitality (e.g Rom 12:12-13). I could even talk about the sheep and the goats and how we will be judged on how we welcome “the least of these” (Matt 25:31-46). But the trouble is, that if you’re not a Christian, these things won’t make any difference, and for me that won’t do.
You see, I don’t care who you are, or what you believe, THIS IS WRONG and we MUST help.
In the second world war Jews fled Europe. We now, rightly, celebrate those who helped. I am convinced that Europe is facing a similar moral moment – will we (like our Prime Minister) say we can’t help, we have to tackle the root cause (like saying, we can’t take any Jews, we’re busy fighting Hitler!). Will we, like the media (until today, see here, what a difference a day makes!) talk about the scroungers after our jobs and benefits, or will we stand up and do the right thing for these desperate people? No parent put’s their child in this danger – unless it’s the only chance to stay alive!
My word’s aren’t new, and they aren’t particularly eloquent, but when history looks back I want the world to know that I stood up, and in my own little voice, did what I could to demand that we do the right things.
David Cameron – I don’t want one more child to drown without me doing what I could to help! Find your heart, and act.
If you want to help – so that no more tragedies like this happen:
You can write to your MP here: http://speakout.38degrees.org.uk/campaigns/248
You can sign a petition to encourage the government to accept more refugees here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/105991
And you can find different ways of donating, or volunteering here: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/5-practical-ways-you-can-help-refugees-trying-to-find-safety-in-europe-10482902.html
If you live in Wigan, you can sign a petition to say we welcome refugees in Wigan here: https://www.change.org/p/rt-hon-david-cameron-mp-refugees-welcome-in-wigan-9063cb4a-ed58-4286-9f23-4cd890ddbd82?recruiter=378300276&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share_email_responsive