Tuesday, March 07, 2017

How churches benefit from the refugee crisis

I'm aware this isn't a popular viewpoint, but just as government funding for Planned Parenthood for "women's health services" allows them to carry on abortions at our expense, government assistance to churches to resettle refugees and immigrants allows the churches to carry on their primary work of evangelization, education, caring for the poor, etc. and still technically follow Jesus' words in Matthew 25. Catholics, Lutherans, Presbyterians, UCC, Baptists, Methodists, Mennonites, and various religious non-profits all take money from the government for their "good works." Being an arm of the federal government may not open any doors in heaven. Where immigration is the topic, I believe churches should keep quiet until they are funding their resettlement ministries with the church's money and their own volunteers.

You'll find some things at "Refugee Resettlement Watch" website harsh to read, but it's the fastest way to figure out which churches (called Volags) get what and how much money they get per refugee (Hint: .more than their costs). It's a starting point to do your own research.

I heard Raymond Arroyo (EWTN) on Fox and Friends today say that the USCCB receives millions to resettle refugees and he sees it as a problem. One of Obama's favorites was a Baptist (in name) charity that received about $280 million in 2014. It's a huge conflict of interest, a Faustian bargain, for churches to get trapped this way. You have to dance with the one who brung you. Obama doubled the in-take of refugees in one year, and now that Trump wants to return it to normal (about 50,000) the churches that contract to resettle refugees are upset.

Several years ago we contributed to Glenn Beck's effort to resettle 149 Iraqi Christians (speakers of Aramaic, the language of Jesus)  in Slovakia.  I checked current news and about 20 of the older members of the group went back to Iraq because they couldn't adjust. 





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