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A Response to the Refugee Crisis


Trump recently issued an executive order temporarily barring individuals from seven countries from coming to the United States. From the panic and outrage emanating from the left, you would think he was dropping thousands of bombs on most of these countries. Oh wait that was Obama and Bush.

 The response from left has been the predictable outrage. However, the response from Christian left has been disturbing. By now, if you have been on Facebook, you have probably been inundated with posts and articles claiming you are not being Christian if we do not accept refugees.

Here are few common threads of these posts.

1. They are citing some verses from the Old Testament about welcoming the foreigner. 

Note these are usually the first to shriek about the dangers of theocracy in America. To watch their brains melt, ask them if they are also planning on stoning adulterers as well. The Bible isn't a buffet where you get to pick different verses you like. Instead, it is a series of dispensations. We are not under the Law but under Grace, so the Levitical law no longer applies.

2. But We are to love everyone!

Many of the verses were individual commands for personal application. They were not meant as being binding on governments. The government is not meant to "love" someone, that is an action for an individual or a Church. In Romans, the government's responsibility is laid out to protect and enforce the laws. The Bible also makes it very plain that believers are to be wise as well as gentle. Inviting potential terrorists from a hostile culture into your country does not strike me as being as wise as serpents. 

In brief, be wary of those peddling the idea that our Christian faith means we can't take reasonable steps to protect our country.






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