Syrian Refugees and the Heart of American Christians

Women and children among Syrian refugees at the platform of Budapest Keleti railway station

I’m concerned, and frankly ashamed, by what the Syrian refugee crisis is revealing about the heart of American Christians.

Let me start by saying that I have a lot of Facebook friends with different political and religious affiliations, so I’m used to seeing disagreement on issues. When it comes to dealing with poverty, for example, my left leaning friends think the primary solution is for the government to provide food, money, and other benefits to people in need. My right leaning friends tend to prefer focusing on ensuring that there are economic opportunities so people can help themselves, and relying more on private charity than government support. When you ignore the silly memes, and cut through all the posturing and bloviating, both sides want to help. We just disagree on the best strategy. That kind of debate doesn’t bother me at all. In fact, I think it’s a good thing.
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A Church Impacting Schools in Georgia

Brad Brown presents character education school assembly.

I recently completed a series of programs in Tifton, GA. It all started when the Children’s Minister at Northside Baptist Church heard that the local schools didn’t have funds for school assemblies. She came up with the idea of her church partnering with the school to bring in someone who could do both an assembly program for the school as well as an evangelistic outreach at the church. She contacted other elementary schools, and they were also interested.

That’s what led to me presenting my character education program in every elementary school in Tift County. I did a total of eleven school assemblies in four days. (For more information on my school assembly programs, you can visit my school-friendly website.)  Of course, I can’t present the gospel in public school programs, but I was able to invite the kids to the church event.

We didn’t know how many would actually come to the show at the church. We ended up with a great crowd! The Wednesday night event had about as many people in attendance as a typical Sunday morning service, and many of those in attendance were guests. I was able to do a clear gospel presentation, and the church is following up on the decision cards.

Often we get the idea that churches and schools can’t mix. The truth is, there are many ways that they can work together for the good of kids and families in the community.  I encourage you to check with your local schools to see what needs they have that you can help with.