“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”(Matthew 25:25-36)
I have been seeing a lot of things on social media directed to the fact that Christians are all for the executive orders that have recently been signed by our President. I’ve seen posts that basically tell me how I think based solely on the fact I’m a church going, Jesus worshipping member of the United States. I have to stand up and state that you’re wrong.
I may be in the minority here, but I am not in support of stopping refugees from fleeing their war torn countries and relocating here. I don’t get political. I don’t want this to be interpreted that way. It’s such a polarizing topic and it creates divides I don’t wish to have. However after so many things I saw yesterday, I feel the need to speak up because I can’t be alone in my thoughts and if I am, I’ll speak up anyway.
I’m coming from a biblical stand point here. I’m speaking on this topic by using the true word of God as my guide. The Bible makes it clear how we should treat refugees. The Bible also makes it clear that we should follow our government leaders. What a tricky situation we’re in right now!
We are told,
“Whatever you do to the least of my brothers, you do to me.” (Matthew 25:40).
“There is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” (Romans 13:1b)
Woah! I know for some that second one is a tough pill to swallow (me included).
The governing bodies should certainly worry about the possibilities that of those we welcome to safety, one or more could have a plan to bring pain to the American people, but my fellow Christians we aren’t supposed to concern ourselves with that. We are supposed to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, invite the stranger in.
Think about it… Our savior himself, his mother and stepfather were given a small piece of shelter when they weren’t able to be in their “home”. We are talking about human beings. The same human beings who we marched for this past week so that the fetus with a beating heart has a chance. Why are we so quickly to be sure their full life is granted, but then we turn our back on that life?
If we really believe that Jesus is our savior, if we really believe that the Bible is a written testament to what God asks of us, if we really accept the Bible as our guidebook and I know many claim that. Then aren’t we almost forced to disagree with governmental decisions that have been made recently?
Before writing this, I did some research, I looked up numerous bible passages referring to refugees. I reflected on them and I prayed. My children are all still asleep and I’m taking this moment to try and get empathetic to the needs of “the least of these”. I want to stress that this is not a politically motivated blog. This is a biblically motivated blog. I’m sharing my thoughts and I know I am opening myself to a world of ridicule for them.
I realize fear is a big reason for such harsh decisionsas of late. We truly do fear who we are letting into our country. For those of you who want to mock me for this statement, no we don’t fear the four year old. We don’t fear the mother that still has a baby at her breast. We fear the few (men or women) who could give the whole group a bad name. Terrorism is real. The terrorists aren’t as dumb as we would want to believe. They could try to use our kindness as a way to worm their way into our land and bring about heartache even worse than what we have felt in the past. We don’t know the future and it’s only human to be afraid. I have an answer for that fear though and lo and behold it’s from the Bible.
“The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.” Proverbs 29:25
“You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day.” Psalm 91:5
I could go on and on and on about how God doesn’t want us to be afraid. It’s stated so many times. Let’s hold firmly onto that. Let us welcome “the least of these” and go ahead and turn this mess into God’s message.