65 Million Refugees — and 30 Million Slaves

On June 20, 2016, the UN released a report that there are presently 65 million refugees across the world.[1] Some have fled because of revolutions, wars and marauders who rampage their homelands. Collapsed governments simply unable to maintain civil order open a void—quickly filled by “men with guns” who bring terror, take what they want and leave disgrace, death and destruction in their wake.

Sometimes it is the powers that be that drive oppressed peoples from their homeland—as was the case in the 18th and 19th Centuries when Native Americans became victims of a government that could not or would not keep its Treaty promises. A half a world away (“down under”) Aboriginal Tasmanians deprived of virtually all human rights, became victims of genocide when whites from Britain (1826-1829) wiped them out. In Africa, Southeast Asia and the Indian Subcontinent more than half dozen European nations intruded. [2] 

The 20th Century saw upwards of 150 millions of people murdered by governments. Added to the state-organized murders of Hitler, Stalin and Mao Tse Tung, there were the enslaved tens of millions taken and abused by their command during both war and peace.  Today human trafficking and plain outright slavery is estimated to account for approximately 30 million victims. Precious few places on earth are not impacted by the human trafficking.[3] (See Newsletter: "When will God Free all the Slaves?") 

The New York Times (June 20, 2016) reported that, “All told, the number of people displaced by conflict is estimated to exceed 65 million, more than the population of Britain.

“The new figures, part of the United Nations refugee agency’s Global Trends Report, come as hostility is surging toward migrants and refugees in the Western countries where they are seeking sanctuary and relief. The European Union has shown signs of fracturing over how to handle the influx of people crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

"The United Nations high commissioner for refugees, Filippo Grandi, expressed alarm on Sunday about what he described as a 'climate of xenophobia [fear of foreigners] that is very worrying in today’s Europe.'”

As a matter of fact, Biblically speaking, we are all refugees—refugees from the Paradise that God originally provided for our ancestors and for us on this earth. Will we ever be restored to that kind of “homeland”—the “Garden of Eden”? Yes, every day for almost 2,000 years Christians have prayed for the day when there will be an end to humanity’s refugee status as they utter the “Lord’s Prayer.”

“Thy Kingdom Come, Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.” It probably should not surprise us that Jesus spoke of God’s Kingdom as a Paradise on earth. It is all in God’s Plan. We all earnestly pray that Kingdom will come sooner than later. It will be the time of the healing of the nations. Revelation 22:2


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[1] http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/20/world/middleeast/record-65-million-displaced-by-global-conflicts-un-says.html?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethits&_r=0

[2] Belgium, Britian, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain

[3] See http://www.freetheslaves.net