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Daily News and Prayer is inspired by The Christian Science Monitor, one of the most important (and most underappreciated) newspapers in the world. Posts are usually (but not always) responses to articles in the Monitor about events and trends that call for prayer.

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Thursday
Jun112015

Migrants and Europe: Getting at root issues

It’s been a serious problem for a Europe wanting to be as embracing as it can. First it was migrants from former colonies who wanted better opportunities with their former colonizers who had given them, in many cases, an education and a language. Then it was migrants from the former Soviet Union and its satellites, who wanted to get some of the (supposedly) golden life they’d heard so much about.

Now it’s migrants from Syria and sub-Saharan Africa who are fleeing the worst conditions of all – war and chaos in failed states. Human traffickers bundle these migrants by the thousands and ship them north from Libya, mostly to Italy and Greece, making sure to relieve the passengers of substantial amounts of money in the process.

After alternately trying to keep the migrants out and to absorb as many as possible, both of which have not worked as solutions, Europeans are now seeking permission from the UN to destroy the traffickers’ boats, a reaction that has high-risk written all over it. For the moment, no one has a good answer. And the boats keep coming.

And so we pray.

The migrants are fleeing states that basically have no government, or none that can provide the safety and opportunity people need to live. So one approach is to pray for government. Everyone involved – the migrants, the traffickers, the government (or non-government) officials, the organizations and individuals who are struggling to care for these people – they share a common fact: They are known and loved and governed by God. The Apostle Paul asked rhetorically, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”

The love of Christ is the expression of God’s governing power. It’s an understanding that order, intelligence, peace and justice will triumph, that evil will be exposed and eliminated. If those drifting in boats, packing boats, rescuing boats, trying to figure out what to do with boats, if they don’t know this fact of Christ’s love, of God’s government, we can know it for them. That’s what prayer is: knowing the truth.  

And then proving it. Let’s have no failed states in our lives today, no out-of-control action on us or from us, no permission for others to arrogate themselves over us and make us do what we know is not right, no taking advantage of others’ weaknesses – God loves them, too. No space for anything to govern us or anyone else but God.

Most of us won’t come into contact with any of the players in this drama. Some of us may be in the middle of it right now. No matter. We can all know and live the same truth about it.

That’s putting The Christian Science Monitor into action.

 

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