for the love of humanity / by Maranie Staab

between christians and muslims run cavernously deep and that this was the only reality. while they certainly do in many parts of the world, we are not told the complete story (as is so often the case). for the past several days i have been privileged to witness the work that several churches and christin based organization are doing to reach out to their (human) brothers and sisters in need — syrian (muslim) refugees living in beirut. .
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having spent enough time with them and having witnessed their work this is not an effort to covert or to prosthelytize a "lost soul". the actions that i have witnessed are out of love and a fundamental understanding that it is the right thing to do — to help our fellow human being in a time of ultimate need. .
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i wish for everyone (especially those who have managed to turn the word refugee into a curse word and who further the hateful rhetoric all too present in today's society) to have the opportunity to witness this type of unfettered love -- and it goes both ways as those who are muslim have showered those christians aiding them with the warmth and generosity of spirit that i have found to be commonplace among those following the Islamic faith. .