You can’t throw a rock without hitting someone who’s got an opinion about whether or not our country should allow any of these displaced people to come stay here. Like everyone else, I too have an opinion about this. I say, let them come.
I work for a transportation company for a large city. I’m hyper-vigilant when it comes to applicants applying to bus drivers for Austin. Yesterday, I had a very productive conversation with a friend about this dilemma. I’m the consummate professional, and would never allow sex, race, gender, religion, or any other qualifier shade my decision whether to hire someone or not. That being said, I’m not retarded either. I wouldn’t want to be the person who recruited and hired a bunch of suicide bombers. After the Paris attacks, one couldn’t help be look a little more suspiciously at candidates.
Here’s the thing. Christians are admonished to care for the orphans and the widows. We were charged to spread the gospel to the world, and show the Lord through our mercy and compassion. Yes, the heathens have legitimate concerns, and they are allowed to feel that way. But the saved don’t have to find this a hard decision to make. We look to the Lord to take care of us. We don’t live in fear, and we certainly don’t get to turn our faces away from the people who need our help the most. What a perfect opportunity to show Syrian people what the Lord looks like, and all we are doing is wringing our hands in fear. Shame on us!!
More and more, the world has become smaller. No longer is it as easy to consider it an “us and them” kind of place. Germany took in 800,000 people, and probably will take more. Shame on us for quibbling over a measly 20,000!! I believe the Christians should be stomping their feet and raising their voices at how stingy and cowardly our leaders make us look. I, for one, have faith in our ability to screen refugees to make sure no terrorists slip through the ranks. And should they do so, I have faith that our law enforcement will keep a sharp lookout for any strange behaviors. And then, should even that fail, I believe nothing happens without the Lord seeing. Either we believe He keeps us safe, or we don’t.
Yeah. It is as simple as that.
We do not have to give in to fear.
3 responses to “Syrian Refugees & The Need To Feel Safe”
Being an Ex-christian I am finally seeing what was missing when I was trying to live in faith. That gentleness and caring of the samaritan, that taking care of the poor and unfortunate. Thank you for stating this. It is a huge void in the majority of modern faith. It is something that many of us who left felt was missing in the religion and we have found in other things. To stand up and claim to have faith and not practice it outside of Sunday makes one a hypocrite! Not enough in faith are living it daily and that is terribly sad.
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This is a great post Bird! It really got me thinking because while I agree that it should be as simple as trusting in the Lord, it’s often people whom we don’t trust that clouds our faith. I’m not saying it’s right or it’s wrong, but I have fallen into that trap many times. It’s hard to trust when wrong has been done to you. Having lived so near to the 9/11 attacks and knowing so many who lost their lives or families destroyed, these latest events really brought all those raw, painful memories back, and I am finding it hard to place my trust in the government to do the right thing…what this post made me realize is that I need to remember that I also need to put my faith to work; I don’t think it’s enough to just say “have faith”. I truly believe faith without works is dead, and your post is part of the work you are doing to show your faith. I’m not sure any of that makes sense, but in my head, it totally works! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this message and really teaching me many lessons here!
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It made perfect sense, Rach! Putting anything into practice is hard, but faith is exceptionally so! Thank you for the beautiful compliment!!