I know I should probably tone down the politics but I can’t help it. I have a lot of things to say.
The topic: Syrian refugees
I have seen so many posts by fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who are refusing to accept the idea of Syrian refugees coming into our country. I’ve seen the argument that it’s unsafe and they could be terrorists. I’ve seen the argument that it’s their business to handle and we should butt out. I’ve seen the argument that although Jesus commands us to take care of those in need, the commandment to love your neighbor comes before that. I’ve seen the argument that we can’t even take care of people here so there’s no reason to take on such a big job elsewhere.
These arguments are… absurd.
Is our safety important? Absolutely 100%, yes. But isn’t the safety of Syrian refugees also important? YES. Jesus didn’t walk the Earth and proclaim that only the Jews and those who were just like Him deserved protection. He went out of his way to heal, protect, and love those that were different than Him. The safety of Americans is SO important but it’s not more important than the safety of scared, fleeing refugees. It’s selfish of us to close our borders and refuse help to those on their knees begging for it. They shouldn’t have to be begging. We should’ve been five steps ahead with our arms opened to the wounded and hurting.
God is bigger than any problem we face. He is bigger than poverty, hunger, fear. He is even bigger than terrorists and political conflict. We can’t live our lives in fear of what might happen. We have to be able to follow Biblical commands without being afraid of what the world might do. If we are in His will, doing our calling, we will have His protection. His will is for us to be His hands and feet, NOT to live in selfish fear.
What would Jesus do in this situation? Honestly think about it. To me, the Bible is clear and the way Jesus lived while He was in our shoes is not the way Christians are acting currently. We lack trust in God and a whole lot of faith if we continue to fight for the wrong things.
Consider what you’re fighting for. Is it your safety? Your political party’s stance? Your opinions on Muslims? War? Money? Your favorite presidential candidate? Or are you fighting for peace, love, gentleness, kindness, compassion, and empathy?
“Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your moth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:8-9
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:12-13
Jesus loved us so much that He died for us. He sacrificed His LIFE. And we aren’t willing to sacrifice our comfort for the Syrian refugees. That’s not loving like He does. We can’t demand a Christian nation if we aren’t even willing to make bold statements like Christ did.