Thinking About The Syrian Refugee Crisis
Their eyes were opened in a fashion and they asked him “what are the solutions?”
“There are no solutions, only choices”, he answered.
Despite what you are fed from the media about what our “greatest global crisis” is, the answer is the mass migration of people fleeing poverty and violence in Second and Third World countries for First World freedoms and economies.
Bowden was saying this 25 years ago and we’re just catching up.
Bowden was also correct in saying that there are no solutions, just choices.
I have been a vocal advocate for immigration reform and for Mexican and Central American refugees fleeing poverty and violence and coming to America.
I took this stand based on both the Old Testament injunctions to welcome the stranger and the New Testament call to love your neighbor, as well as sundry political reasons.
However, not all refugees are created equally.
The main issue that my Christian comrades for immigration reform miss is that those Old Testament refugees were to assimilate to Israeli culture, not the other way around.
The Israelis were not forced to embrace anyone that would be a threat to them personally or to the culture that was decreed by God for them to live in.
When we are dealing with Mexican or Central American refugees we are dealing with variations of Western culture and of the Christian faith and principles.
Assimilation is never easy, but with this background it is possible.
Assimilating Islam creates a whole different set of complications.
The cultural values can be different to the point of opposition.
“Radical” Islam wants to destroy Western culture in general and the United States in particular.
Exercising caution in this situation is not bigotry, it is common sense.
To pretend in the name of Christian compassion that there are no people plotting evil among this group of refugees is abject stupidity.
The job of the state is to protect the state…without thorough vetting of each refugee the state is failing it’s job.
I will only briefly mention that we still have Mexicans seeking asylum from the cartels that are waiting in holding cells or in limbo as the asylum courts are backed up for at least three years for anyone but those the President brings in.
I find that… odd.
Once vetted I will heartily embrace what I believe are the biblical commands to welcome the stranger.
I will not ignore concerns over personal or national safety and hope that others will not ignore the biblical imperatives for compassion on this issue as well.
This issue isn’t going away…we need to communicate without partisanship if we are to make choices that can be sustained even if the problem can’t be solved.