100 Evangelical Leaders Slam Trump’s Refugee Ban In Washington Post Ad

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The al-Qassab family, Iraqi Christian refugees from Mosul, pose near their luggage ahead of their travel to the United States at their temporary home in Beirut, Lebanon, February 7, 2017.

Over 100 evangelical leaders have signed onto a letter published in a full-page ad in Wednesday’s edition of The Washington Post that signals their opposition to President Donald Trump’s moratorium on refugee resettlement.

“As Christian pastors and leaders, we are deeply concerned by the recently announced moratorium on refugee resettlement. Our care for the oppressed and suffering is rooted in the call of Jesus to ‘love our neighbor as we love ourselves,'” the evangelical leaders wrote in an open letter to Trump and Vice President Mike Pence that was published on Page A18. “In the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), Jesus makes it clear that our ‘neighbor’ includes the stranger and anyone fleeing persecution and violence, regardless of their faith or country.”

The letter was signed by prominent evangelicals including bestselling Christian author Max Lucado, author and pastor Tim Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary President Daniel Akin, pastor Eugene Cho of Quest Church in Seattle, pastor Derwin Gray of the multiracial Transformation Church in South Carolina, author and Wheaton College professor Ed Stetzer, and David Curry, president of the Christian persecution watchdog ministry Open Doors USA.

The advertisement was sponsored by the evangelical refugee resettlement organization World Relief, the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals and one of nine organizations authorized to resettle refugees in the United States.

World Relief has been very vocal in its opposition to Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order banning all refugee resettlement for 120 days, barring Syrian refugee resettlement for indefinite period of time and limiting the number of refugees to be resettled in the U.S. in fiscal year 2017 to just 50,000 (including the 32,000 already resettled under Obama in fiscal year 2017).

“This executive order dramatically reduces the overall number of refugees allowed this year, robbing families of hope and a future. And it could well cost them their lives,” the letter states.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Samuel Smith