|How are you doing today? Stressed out by the US election? You’re not alone. As I write mid-day November 5th, it looks like Joe Biden will win the presidency. For many Christians, this is not the outcome they hoped and prayed for. (Although, it is the outcome many other Christians asked of God. )
If you’ve read Muslim Connect for a bit, you may be aware I’m not the most politically sophisticated egg in the tray! (I’m looking at you, Blake!)
That said, I’d like to offer this one glimmer of hope to look forward to with a Biden presidency:
President Biden “will set the annual global refugee admissions cap to 125,000, and seek to raise it over time commensurate with our responsibility, our values, and the unprecedented global need.”
This is not sweeping endorsement of Biden, nor a wholesale dismissal of Trump. It is a glimmer of hope for a hundred thousand people.
I think of the Syrian widow, sitting with her two little kids in a soon to be freezing tent on the fringes of a refugee camp in eastern Turkey. Maybe God is answering her prayers.
Increasing asylum intake often brings up these two questions. If you’re interested, you can dive in at the links.
1. Are refugees sufficiently vetted before the US gives them asylum? Check here for the official process detailed by the Department of Homeland Security. If you’re more visually oriented, this infographic tells a similar story.2. Won’t refugees place further stress on an already over-taxed public assistance system? Check the bullet points here for a quick overview of a White House requested study of refugee impact. Here’s the money quote, “The U.S. refugee and asylee population paid $63 billion more in taxes than they received in benefits to all levels of government from 2005 to 2014.”
It’s a glimmer of hope. For some, hope of safety and life. For us, hope for new friends, both for us and Jesus.