I’ve had several people ask me about my Christian perspective on the current situations with the refugees entering the United States. It’s a difficult thing to process. As Christians we want to help people. On the other hand, most of us are terrified at the thought that we may be opening our doors to people who want to threaten, torture and kill our children and families. What is the “right” thing to do?
Here are my thoughts on the subject:
Jesus calls me to love MY enemies, the ones who have personally injured me, those who persecute me. (Matthew 5:43-48) I believe He told me this because He knew that hatred would eat me alive from the inside and keep me from Him.
However, I also believe the Bible also says that we should not befriend the enemies of God. (James 4:4) I believe it’s not my place to judge who the enemies of God are. But when people say outright that they are God’s enemies, when they violently and maliciously attack the followers of God, then they have announced to the world that they are God’s enemies, and I am not obligated to befriend them. I will not Hate them because that only damages me, but I also will not befriend, condone or protect them. I feel bad for the innocents in the midst of those who are murderers, but I don’t think it’s right to put our children in danger in order to protect those children. If we could help them without putting our own families in danger, that would be great. The Bible says that the one who doesn’t help his own family is worse than an unbeliever. (I Timothy 5:8) I believe protecting my family falls under that. I just don’t see how to protect my family and our country without excluding some innocents. It’s sad, but until they come up with a more foolproof solution, I believe excluding all refugees from countries where professing enemies of God want to immigrate from is the only answer.
[edited and added to on 12/5/2015] The other problem I have with the refugees is the story of the Israelites not following God’s command to rid their country of those who worshipped other Gods. I know it sounded cruel, but the Bible says that the reason God commanded it is because the evil of those nations had “reached it’s fullness.” Much like the Israelites, I fear that America isn’t strong enough to withstand the temptation to follow other gods. Edmund Burke said that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. Looking at the level of faith in the United States, I don’t believe we are following Christ closely enough to overcome those who would like to bring another “god” into our country. Already people are being led astray by those who call themselves Christian but are clearly not. Americans are being lured into Islam, and even paganism. The only thing not growing (as far as I personally can see) is Atheism. The enemy must finally have realized that we were all created for God. He must know that atheism is not attractive, but following a “god,” even a false one, is. Until the church steps up and becomes the church, gets outside the walls and starts loving people to Christ, we are not ready for foreign refugees, most especially those whose mission is to destroy Christianity (even though it can never be destroyed) and proselytize a nation who has “forgotten the heights from which she has fallen.” [end of edit]
The Bible does not ask us to lie down and be doormats. It does not ask us to invite in those who want to destroy God’s people. It asks us to care for those who have lost their way and are looking for the way back to God. Those I will help. There are plenty of downtrodden already in our country. I think once we have every single person in America in a decent home and making a modest living then we can start inviting in these others, but we have plenty of “angels unaware” lying on our streets already. Bringing in new ones won’t make us better people, it will just make the few who are already helping people stretched even thinner