Luke 6:31 says this:
And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.
Romans 12:14–21 tells us this:
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
We have a tendency to put certain groups of people in categories. We label all middle eastern people as muslims. We label all muslims as evil people who are out to hurt us. We treat them as the enemy. Okay, let's say they are the enemy. Are we treating them the way the Bible instructs us to treat our enemies?
God's Word tells Christians to expect suffering. None of these instructions in God's Word were ever meant to be easy. The world is not going to love the truth. They are not going to love those who teach and preach truth. Do we run and hide? Do we hide behind a cloud of suspicion and fear? Do we keep the Good News of the gospel to ourselves?or pick and choose with whom we share it? Romans 12 is very clear in its instructions, and the prayer of our group is that we will respond in love and compassion, taking every opportunity to share God's Word AND His love with those who are in our community. That means not just those who "belong" in our community, but our Syrian visitors as well.