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.
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)
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)
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