Refugees, The Enemy, and God’s love

Posted: 2015 11 17 by Paul S in Biblical manhood

I’m seeing lots of stuff on both sides of the refugee issue, the ISIS issue, and radical Islam. 
Here’s the thing, Jesus talked about these very things in Matthew 5:43-48: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

I get frustrated. I get angry. I question whether we (America) should bring refugees into our nation, but then I remember this passage. I remember that we are to love those who hate us. We (Christians) are to be Christ to those who don’t know Him. If we (Christians) are killed for this, then we have died for a good thing. 
You’ll see I post things talking about my willingness to defend my home and family from violent assault, and I am willing and ready to do this. I am also willing and ready to welcome a refugee into my home for dinner. To sit and share my life with him or her or a family of people in need will be a blessing. 
Remember, we (Americans) as a nation used to believe in something greater. We used to be a great nation with a great people who truly believed what our forefathers taught. They were men who sinned and who did great things. But they believed what was caught in words only years later, being placed on the Statue of Liberty, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.”
Let’s become men and women who live up to the ideals that made us a great people. And for my fellow believers, let’s step back from Jingoistic fervor and remember that we (Christians) are no longer a people of this world, but a people of His kingdom, and we should live with an ear to His voice and our eyes to his plan. Take actions according to His plan. Live according to His Word, given to us in The Bible. Be followers of Christ, not any mortal man. Be a unified Church that loves our enemies as much as we love our neighbors. Stop picking and choosing what to follow.

  

Comments
  1. Cesar says:

    Thank you for your post Paul S., to be honest i was a little conflicted as to what was the right course of action with the refugees in my country, if that were to happen (i am not from U.S.), i dont have that situation in my doorstep, but still wondered what would i do, after reading this i have no doubts about what is right and what God wants from us.

    • Paul S says:

      Thank you Cesar. This was a battle, and I’ll admit, I’m still battling myself on it. It’s hard to balance national, safety, and faith beliefs, but God has to come first. Without Him and His teachings, not much point to the rest of it.

      Thanks for reading and for you comment.

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