Supporting refugees, while noble, may not be Biblical
In her letter “Are we caring for the very least of these” March 20, 2017, the writer brings up the question, Who are these “least"? She does go out on a limb and says, “probably not you and me." She hints that maybe it is the refugee fleeing their homeland, the poor, the disabled, the disenfranchised, etc. She quotes from Eco-Justice ministries that today we have to speak out with a moral voice that includes the whole earthly community.
Now while I agree that we need to show compassion for those who are unable to care for themselves, I am not so sure that her use of Mathew 25 can support her premise that this is a command from Jesus to support refugees.
If one searches, you will find many different explanations on who these least are. Because of Mathew 25:40 where he calls them brethren, some believe he is referring to the 12 disciples; some say they are the 144,000 Jewish men of Revelation, while others actually think it is the poor and the homeless.
I do not know for sure whom Jesus is referring to so I can only go by what the Bible says on who Jesus is, and what his earthly ministry was about. Jesus’ earthly ministry was confined almost exclusively to the nation of Israel under the law. Jesus and his 12 disciples had almost no ministry among the Gentiles. The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 15:8 (KJV) that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision (Jew) for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers. In Mathew 10:5 Jesus himself commands the 12 to not go into the way of the Gentiles but to go only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel preaching that the kingdom of heaven is at hand. I can only think of a few instances where the Bible mentions Jesus and the 12 having any contact with Gentiles. One is with the Canaanite woman in Mathew 15:22. After Jesus saw her faith he did condescend but not before telling her that he was not sent but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Another was in Acts 10, the House of Cornelius. Not exactly the whole earth community. The Bible says we are to love one another but does Jesus expect us to support people who deny his very existence? 2nd John 1:9-11:9 Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work. (NIV)
Supporting fleeing refugees may be a very noble cause, but is it Biblical? As a nation we have kicked God out of our schools, out of our courts, and out of our government, so why would he care about our stand on immigration and welfare?