Things looked bad all over the country. Crops had failed and famine gnawed the land. Desperate to find food for their family, a man and his wife trekked to a foreign land, one whose people held a different faith, practiced an unfamiliar culture, and had even occasionally made war against their nation.
Today’s news is filled with such stories. Millions of refugees, fleeing poverty and war, risk and sometimes lose their lives trying to reach countries where they hope to find safety and opportunity.
People in target nations worry about how to respond. Will the desperate and destitute drain their country’s resources? Will these strangers adapt to their culture, or will they introduce ideas and practices inimical to it? What if criminals or terrorists are sneaking in disguised as honest refugees? Is it moral to refuse some people entry?