A Duggar son-in-law, Ben Seewald, is speaking out about the Syrian refugee crisis and claims that we should not fear Muslim refugees, but welcome them into the United States in a bid to grow the church. Seewald shared a post about the fears regarding the Syrian refugee crisis and America’s involvement in the issue. The post points out that Christians should be looking at it as an opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ to a group of people that was previously unreachable.
“What if, while America was asking questions about safety and risk management, Christians were asking, What is God doing? What if, through the senseless evil of civil war, God was bringing unreached people groups to our cities? What if, through great tragedy, God was bringing about the triumph of the gospel?”
The article notes that though there are legitimate safety concerns regarding the influx of a heavily Muslim culture to the United States, it points out that there may be a greater purpose for the arrival of the refugees to America. In fact, the writer says that an influx of Syrian refugees could grow God’s church in both the U.S. and Europe if Christians would minister to the individuals seeking refuge in their country. In fact, the article goes further in saying that the refugee crisis may be part of God’s plan to expand the gospel to regions that were previously hard for Christians to infiltrate.
“Christian missionaries have spent years praying, strategizing, and risking everything to go to these people. Now, God is bringing them here.”
The article also discusses a real-world example of a Muslim Syrian refugee converting to Christianity after seeking refuge in the United States. The story of the encounter between Stephanie and Fatimah in a local library was used to hit home the point that many Christians could be using the Syrian refugee crisis to spread the gospel. Ben Seewald and possibly the Duggars seem to agree with the assessment that safety concerns should be left to the government and that Christians should be focusing on converting the refugees that enter the United States.
The Duggar son-in-law seems to be attempting to understand the Syrian refugee crisis through his faith and has also posted another video from Samaritan’s Purse that shows what it looks like when refugees arrive in Greece from a long journey at sea.
Seewald captioned the video “Refugees in need. You can ignore. You can fear. Or you can help.” On the surface, it seems that Ben Seewald was promoting for his fans to not fear the refugees but to rather provide financial support to the families in need. This video paired with the first article indicated that Seewald also was promoting for Christians not to buy into the fear of the refugees but rather use it as an opportunity to share God’s word to people previously unattainable.
“It is interesting that people are assuming that helping the refugees automatically means that you have to bring them into your personal home and let them live with you.”
What do you think about Ben Seewald’s mixed messages regarding the Syrian refugee crisis? Do you think the Duggars agree with Seewald’s assessment?
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