After hiatus due to health concerns, I picked a hectic week to return to this blog! Thank you for hanging in there with me!
As everyone in the world now knows, Paris was attacked by terrorists this past weekend. As my husband and I watched the events unfold on national cable news channels, we, like everyone else, was shocked and saddened by what we were seeing.
After the shock wore off I told my husband that we were now going to see a firestorm of opposition to Syrian refugees.
I expected social media posts from the usual nationalistic, border-control proponents. I even suspected it from those who are racist.
However, I was not expecting more than half of the U.S. governors to rapidly denounce the acceptance of any Syrian refugees.
And I am even more surprised at what else I discovered.
At least 22 of the 27 U.S. governors openly denouncing acceptance of any Syrian refugees have some affiliation to a Christian church.
Many of the other 27 governors have signed similar letters or have made public comments, using the same tactics and fallacies to support their opposition.
22 of those governors have also publicly affiliated themselves with Christianity and/or a specific church body.
How is it that these 22 governors stake claim to Christianity, but ignore teachings of the faith in regards to the Syrian refugee situation?
Here are just 4 of my biblical views to refute the governor’s stance.
- Matthew 25:35-46: Take care of those in need, especially the needy, sick and imprisoned.
- Throughout the Bible, God tells us to take care of our fellow believers in a special way, especially those who are suffering from physical and spiritual oppression.
- God also has plenty to say about the way his people are to treat foreigners. He reminds us that in his kingdom, which we are to try to emulate as much as possible in this world, there are no nationalities.
- As Christians, we have a mission given by God to point to him as the ultimate source of strength and courage. We are not to be fear mongers. We are not to “fear those who can kill the body”. One of my favorite verses in regards to fear is 1 Peter 5:13-17:
“Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear and do not be intimidated, but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands of you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence. Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God’s will, than to suffer for doing evil.”
I could go on and on with scripture that refutes the governors’ stance on Syrian refugees, but I’m afraid that would be overkill.
But I do have questions for the governors who oppose aiding ALL Syrian refugees:
How can you claim to be Christian and turn your back on your fellow believers in their direst hour of need?
How can you claim to be Christian, and call for this nation to be a Christian nation, yet refuse to help those trying to escape the very tyranny you, like so many of us, pray would end?
And how can you claim to be Christian and tell your constituents and the people of this nation that they should be afraid of man instead of trusting in the strength, power and might of the very God you claim to have in your hearts?