We, like almost everyone else, hear each and every day about the “refugee crisis” as the media likes to call it. We are told that we must help and that we must let them into our countries. Not all countries are told this, mind you, but that is another topic.
The pope chimes in that we should “…ask forgiveness for the persons and institutions who close the door to these people who are seeking a family, who are seeking to be protected.”
We see pictures of desperate people, struggling people, and little children and who doesn’t want to help? Who doesn’t feel compassion for them? Who wouldn’t offer them a helping hand?
Monies are collected and everyone feels as if they have done their part. Those who haven’t contributed are looked upon as greedy and heartless brutes, surely bound for hell.
Then we hear the other side.
“We are already broke. We don’t know who these people are and terrorists are getting through. The refugees are not all desperate and struggling people. Some throw the water they are given out, they throw food out, and some even throw human waste and rocks at citizens. They will never assimilate. They hate the citizens of Western nations and want to see them destroyed.”
Between one person and another, compassion or the lack thereof, is a simple matter. You either decide you are going to help another, or you deem them unworthy – whatever the reason. What you decide to do is between you and God and no other.
But when a nation tries to show compassion (or not), well, it gets more complicated, doesn’t it.