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Turning Our Backs on Them Isn’t the Christian Message…
Written by Dave Herrmann
Posted on November 17, 2015 at 2:38 pm
Study the Word of God—what are some of the general themes?
Those are just a few. Frankly, there are too many to pinpoint just one. But the core message is love. God is love. Jesus is love. Why? Because loving people is hard, but it’s paramount. Jesus didn’t come to this earth and save us all to love a select few. He came to love ALL.
As you all know (because everyone in America is talking about it), there is a ton of conversation about allowing refugees from war-torn Syria into America. Since more news has come out about the horrendous Paris attacks, we’ve learned that one of the terrorists may have come into Paris as a Syrian refugee, thus sparking a rising concern among many circles concerning those refugees coming to the U.S.
Are they safe or is ISIS a part of them? That is the gist of the current situation.
Many people from Christian circles are leading the charge in NOT allowing these refugees into our nation. They are saying “house the homeless first.” By all means, we must house the homeless. But those people who are spouting this narrative, are they housing the homeless? Probably not. It’s been said that if every church in America gave any care to the homeless situation, we would solve homelessness, period.
Right now, thousands upon thousands of women, children and men are in camps in not-so-great situations. They are homeless, country-less and scared, and not sure what’s next.
The majority of these refugees are Muslim.
I understand we’re scared in this country right now, and it’s completely normal to feel that way. A Western nation was just attacked by a radical Islam group. So the thought of letting Muslims into this country is disheartening.
Look, I’m not getting into the Muslim vs. Christian debate.
What I want to talk about is loving people and being an American, a REAL American.
I want you to open your Bible to Luke 10:25-37 for a minute.
Stop reading this and go read that.
Done? Okay, do you see where I’m going here? Was this good Samaritan concerned about this man’s background? Was he concerned about what he could do for him? No, he felt compassion for this individual and loved him for being human.
That, my friends, is what the heart of Christianity is about. Loving people simply because they too were made in the image of God, regardless of their religion or their country affiliation.
“But Dave, ISIS might be among these refugees!”
Okay, I know this is a popular sentiment going around. I don’t want to concern you, but if ISIS wanted to come to America, they could do it without coming in as refugees.
All these Syrian refugees have known is darkness. Many of these children have only ever understood violence. They have no clue what’s happening in America as we prepare for the new Hunger Games. We watch violence on film; they live through it daily.
On our currency, it states “In God We Trust.” If we are allowing the narrative of fear to prevent us from helping these people, are we not acting counter that message? Shouldn’t it then say “In God We Trust Only When It’s Convenient to Us”?
It’s the week before Thanksgiving, a time when we come together and give thanks for the abundant blessings from God above. How amazing would it be to celebrate this Thanksgiving with someone who has never experienced anything of the sort?
We’re not in the world of converting—we’re in the world of sharing the Gospel message of love. Let God worry about that other part.
I know this is an unpopular decision, but every Christian church in America should open their doors to help our fellow man, woman and child.
Take the politics out of it and focus on being a human being.
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