Senior Spotlight: Elizabeth Laughlin

Favorite Subject: Art or English 

Favorite book read at WA: As I Lay Dying and Crime and Punishment 

Favorite WA tradition: Protocol

Senior Thesis Title: Whether Christians Are Responding Biblically to the Global Refugee Crisis 

Senior Thesis Statement:  How a Christian ought to approach the refugee crisis is abundantly clear in scripture; however, fear and anti-refugee sentiment have crept into the US, creating hurdles for the church and leaving many Christians apprehensive to carry out the Biblical command to love the foreigner. The way to overcome the fear and stereotypes is to build relationships with refugees, learn their stories, and, in turn, gain empathy.

Brief Description of Senior Thesis:  First, the role of a Christian to sacrificially love the foreigner is made exceedingly clear in scripture. Secondly, although the Bible is clear about how Christians must love foreigners, it is still good and right to consider how refugees impact America’s safety or the health of the economy. However, one should not let misconceptions about refugees or the fear propagated by politicians and the media cloud his vision, and lead him astray from God’s command to love “thy neighbor.” Lastly, the way to overcome fear, the way to gain empathy, and the way to truly impact lives is by stepping into a relationship with refugees. 

Post Graduation Plans:  I plan to attend the University of Virginia and pursue a degree in the medical field. 

What advice or encouragement would you give to younger students at Westminster? Struggle well!

Please share a funny memory or highlight from your time at Westminster: The opera day during covid. 

Favorite Bible Verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Prayer Request: 
That I will thrive at UVA and that I will conform more to the image of Christ each day! 

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