Posted by: John-Paul | November 24, 2015

The Problem of Accepting Syrian Refugees

Everlasting God by Chris Tomlin

I have been seeing on FaceBook a lot of opposition to the idea of the US taking in refugees from Syria. I even questioned why we should, given America’s rejection of Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany. I have since realized why we should.

Syrian-refugees

American Perceptions and Objections

Muslims are adherents to an anti-Christian religion. They seek to forcibly convert all to Islam. Also, they seek to remove Western culture and put in their Sharia culture.

Radical adherents to Islam use terror to achieve their goals. This is the nature of terrorists. They have not restraint about harming themselves and others. In fact, they use harmless women and children, hospitals, and such as shields and covers. Like trojan malware, they seek to infiltrate and destroy. We need to keep them all out for reasons of national security.

It doesn’t help that the President is promoting America as a haven for these refugees. My automatic response is that if he wants it, it’s undoubtedly bad for US. I find I need to question this knee-jerk reaction.

Liberals encourage sanctuary but for wrong reasons. They cite the ancestry of Steve Jobs, a thoroughly Americanized descendent of Syrians. The liberals say we need to distinguish between “good” Muslims and the radical terrorists. They don’t acknowledge Islam’s harmful standards of behaviors.

Instead, I believe we Americans need to hold out welcoming arms for reasons of faith in and obedience to God.

Showing Faith through Obedience

“Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.” (Ps 127:1b)

The plane crashes on September 11, 2001, were not a failure of the government to protect US from terrorist attacks. They were a harbinger of things to come, a warning to America to return to God. (See The Harbinger and The Mystery of the Shemitah)

Yes, Syrian terrorists, infiltrated among so many refugees, could do damage in the US and spread fear. It is as Jesus said about certain Galileans. “But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” (Luke 13:1-5)

How do we show our repentence? How do we exercise obedience? Jesus commanded us to love our enemies. (Matthew 5:43-45)

In Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis said,

  • We don’t have to like our enemies or their behaviors.
  • We don’t have to trust our enemies.
  • We don’t have to refrain from punishing their criminal activities.
  • We do have to do good to them as we would do good to ourselves.

As the verses above show, God makes no distinction in this life.

However, the King does make distinctions on Judgment Day. Jesus identifies Himself with those who are poor and needy. “As much as you did it to the least of these…” (Matthew 25:31-46)

Good news

King Jesus is able to protect those who obey His commands in faith. Those who endure dangers, damage, or death are either under His judgment for disobedience or are called to suffer for the sake of His kingdom. (Romans 8:28-29)

Discussion questions

Do you trust God enough to allow Syrian refugees into your city, your neighborhood, your home?

Could you give room and board to even potential terrorists without fear?

How can you now support those who would help these people in need?

© 2015.  John-Paul DeWalt  JPD Emblem

 

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Responses

  1. John,

    Saying all Muslims are terrorists is similar to saying all Christians are terrorists. Timothy McVeigh, the

    OKC bomber, claimed he was Christian. That Norwegian jackass that slaughtered all those school

    children also claimed he was a Christian. Should we condemn all Christians due to these terrorists?

    When members of my family reject a whole group of people due to some assholes within that group, I

    cringe.

    Fear is what is driving many conservative Americans to reject Syrian refugees, which I find quite

    contradictory to their Christian faith. You preach that you can’t wait to be taken from your physical

    body so that your spiritual body can be with Christ…..yet you’re afraid of dying? Peculiar mindset,

    IMHO. Fear is exactly what ISIS is creating. Rejecting Syrian refugees is exactly what ISIS wants

    Americans to do. It plays right into their hands. When you fear, you are controlled! Remember when assembling your Nativity scene next month that Mary and Joseph were refugees!

    I’m more afraid of some jackass in our retirement community using firearms to maim people due to some idiot wanting to take his social security away from him. That is more likely to happen than a Syrian refugee creating mayhem.

    John, I do not see Christ in you at all….at least not like I saw in our Father, Harrison. You appear

    vindictive, authoritative, and hateful to anyone different than you (the LBGT community, women,

    basically anyone with skin darker than you). That’s the way I see you and many of your brethren. Dad

    was kind to all people, considerate of all people. He did not disparage anyone! When Mexican laborers

    came to our door, he would not shun them, put them down for being illegals like many that share your

    beliefs do. Dad would feed them a meal and not condemn them. And he wouldn’t preach at them either! You, on the other hand, I see as one

    of those Puritan fathers that would be get pissed off and be ok with burning witches at the stake,

    putting criminals on a stretch rack, or pulling their fingernails because they did not obey you or, as you

    say, God’s word. That sure as hell isn’t Christ like. That is my and possibly many others’ perception of

    you and it’s sad that you do not have Dad’s loving and caring nature. I see it in your posts on FB and I

    see it when you disparage a whole religion based on a few of the assholes in that religion.

    You mention that 9/11 was a warning from God rather than government failure to protect. That is as

    ludicrous as Hurricane Katrina was due to gays in New Orleans, per John Hagee, American evangelist. If

    that’s what you believe, then you are really a hateful person and ought to be ashamed of yourself.

    I see that Nicholas is posting items on FB that shows he has a heart and doesn’t condemn. I often

    wonder if you have shunned him due to his posts. I don’t think I’ve ever seen you like any of his more

    open minded posts. I hope you, as his father, respect him and his opinions. He appears to be a well-

    educated lad and more importantly, reflects what his grandfather believed, a very loving and caring

    heart. But your relationship with your son is none of my business, just mentioning it how I see it.

    I wish you and your family well this holiday season and throughout 2016. Keep the faith, but also show

    some heart, compassion, and love for those not like you.

    Your brother from the same mother,

    Dave


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