Politically Incorrect Thoughts On the Syrian Refugee Issue.
Most of these miss the real issues out of a fear of being tagged with some unholy descriptor of the authors character.
I’ve already been called everything in the book, so I will use that gift as a freedom to speak.
These people scare the hell out of us.
There, that wasn’t so tough.
If what we saw arriving on our shores were women, children, and the elderly, those fears would be somewhat abated.
However, what we are seeing arrive are lots of men in their twenties who look like they actually use their gym membership.
Where did the wife and kids go?
The fear is justified.
Some of these people think that they are serving God and storing up sexual favors in heaven by killing us.
That’s a tough benefit package to top.
Some have no intention of doing us harm…but we have no way to discern which are which.
All religious ideologies are not created equally.
It’s not Franciscan monks or radical Carmelite nuns that blew up and shot up hundreds of people in various locations last week.
Islamic ideology has been at war with the West for decades.
To ignore this fact isn’t compassionate, it’s hating all those who are affected by this evil.
There is no one among those who will cry “bigot” at me who would want to live for five minutes in an Islamic country.
Please do not think that mentioning Christian sanctioned violence is an intelligent retort.
Christians have historically done similar things…but the key here is the word “historically”.
No one anywhere is living in fear of being bombed by charismatics or having their throat cut by Lutherans.
We bear some responsibility as a nation to act because we helped create this mess.
That responsibility must be held in tension with the responsibility of the state to protect it’s citizens.
The priority is protection, but that does not negate of finding other avenues to be of assistance.
Some Christians will choose to act in sacrificial compassion.
That is a good and holy act…but none of us have the right to endanger our neighbors without their consent to welcome the stranger.
Jesus may have called you to martyrdom, but so far He hasn’t mentioned it to me.
We have our own mass migration to worry about.
The migration of the poor and those fleeing violence from Central America and Mexico to here over the last thirty years dwarfs what is happening in Europe now.
Our government and media have consistently lied about both the causes of this migration and it’s size.
The government always does what is politically expedient, not what will serve migrants, refugees, and the people of this country.
I’m simply not willing to risk the welfare of my family and my neighbors family for political expedience.
What would Jesus do?
First He would instruct them that they are worshipping a false god and their souls are in danger of hell.
Jesus wasn’t big on religious freedom… I know that’s a shock, but I’ve read the whole book.
He would move in mercy and compassion and offer Himself…just as His followers have done for two thousand years.
They will continue to do so…by their choice , without risking lives other than their own.
He calls us to compassion and mercy as well…but He does not call us to careless neglect of others freedom and safety.
Our government needs to give us ways to help the least of these without endangering ourselves or our neighbors.