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When thousands of refugees from Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East risked their lives to make it to Hungary, fleeing war in their homelands, the country’s prime minister declared that he needed to secure his nation’s borders so as “to keep Europe Christian.” The migrants “have been raised in another religion,” said Viktor Orbán, “and represent a radically different culture.”

Few things would better reflect a deeply Christian culture than showing hospitality to these desperate strangers. Concern for the stranger is embedded in scripture. “The Lord your God . . . loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing,” says Deuteronomy 10:18. The book of Hebrews, recalling a text from Genesis, says, “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.”

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