Syrian Migrants

I’ve been watching the flood of people coming into Europe from the Middle East. It brings to mind the people movements which ended the Roman Empire.

Like the people coming into Europe now. People groups flooding into the Roman Empire were being pushed by war. Many of today’s Europeans are descendants of those people groups. Today’s Europeans have no right to claim the land.

Native tribes of North America tell stories of having always been on the land. But they weren’t always on the land. Europeans are a mixture of waves upon waves of people groups coming out of Asia and the Middle East. This is just the most recent wave.

The Roman Empire couldn’t stop the influx of people. They could accept them into their borders, or fight the losing battle of keeping them out. In turns the Empire took both paths. I’m not suggesting the Roman Empire wouldn’t have fallen if it had taken a different path with migrants. The Empire fell for many reasons. But like the Roman Empire, Europe can’t stop people from coming.

Today’s Europe is much stronger than the Roman Empire. Not just in military terms but social economic terms. The countries of Europe and the European Union are able to absorb migrants in a way the Empire could not. Europe will be changed by the migrants. But Europe will not be overtaken by these new people. And there is no reason to fear them.

Another great movement of people was from Europe to North America. Again people were fleeing war and poverty. People looking for a new life. America is a quilt of cultures and people. Our descendants migrated time and time again looking for a better life. The people who are leaving the Middle East are seeking the same things. Fleeing the same concerns.

America can only be made stronger by accepting them.

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