My heart is heavy.
My brothers and sisters in Christ are showing out on social media, writing long prose on why we shouldn’t help Syrian refugees.
We shouldn’t help those who are running from their war-torn country, from the land they love, with their families because the powers at be deem it necessary to blow up their towns, their schools, their possessions and many times, their family members. Children are without parents, parents are without their children. Dreams are shattered and the world is turning its back on these people.
Because a very small group is hell-bent on bringing death and destruction to the world, even to their own people.
So, these people are running. And they’re running to America.
They are taking rafts across oceans, risking their very lives to be in this country.
Behind the gates, live “Christians” who are hell-bent on keeping them out and voicing that opinion proudly.
Christians who forget their own ancestry: that the first people to this country were running away as well. They, too, yearned for safety and freedom.
Christians have swapped their faith for fear, their action for inaction, their compassion for cynicism.
This may be an unpopular opinion, but like Jeremiah said “But if I say ‘I will not mention Him or speak any more in His name,’ His word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed I cannot.”
And I must mention the Lord God Almighty because the things that are being said, the lies we are accepting, the actions that are coming from those words are not of Him. They are far from it.
My prayer is for you to take the verses given here, place them in your heart and proceed forward as an advocate for what Jesus is an advocate.
Here are five such lies in circulation:
1) It’s too dangerous.
Some think, “ISIS could pose as refugees and bring destruction.” Yes, that’s true, which is why screening processes should be quite thorough. However, does that stop us from doing what Christians should be doing:
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…” James 1:27
And, where is your faith? Do you think when the Lord calls you to serve, He hasn’t already prepared you and the people you will serve? Do you think He won’t protect you? Do you think He will turn His eyes away from His children?
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and NOT to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-30
Please don’t let fear stop you from stepping into serving those who are innocent because the actions of a few do not reflect the hearts of the many. Besides:
“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Psalm 118:6-7
Greater is the Lord God who is in us than he who is in the world.
2) They’ll take our jobs/money.
“Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work — this is a gift of God.” Ecclesiastes 5:19
Key words: A gift of God.
Brothers and sisters, all we have is a gift from God. We didn’t earn it. It was freely given because God loves us. However, to those who have been given much, much is required.
“Freely you have received, freely give.” Matthew 10:8
“Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.” Matthew 5:42
Money, possessions, work — it’s all meaningless! You’re born, you live a little, you die. You’re born with nothing and you die with nothing. Only what we have done on this earth toward our fellowman will be accounted for; and for us to sit back and watch as thousands of men, women and children are crying out for help and do nothing, is not Christ.
We have become fat, lazy, entitled and pompous. Where is the compassion, the love of Christ toward these people? Where are the ones with open arms and hearts that say “You don’t believe as we do, but that’s okay. We will show you Jesus Christ and by our works all men will see and praise our Father in heaven.”
I prompt you to read the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Are you going to be the Samaritan or one of the religious leaders who passed by on the other side?
3) We don’t have room.
“Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:2
“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…The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.'” Matthew 25:35-45
4) We should only allow Christians in.
“If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors (sinners) doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?” Matthew 5:46-47
5) I’m undecided.
Indecision is a decision. And, faith without works is dead.
“Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?” James 2:15-16
When you serve God, who is certain in all things, there is no room for uncertainty. There is no room for delay or questions because He is the answer.
The Lord is prompting us to step out in faith, to wrap our arms around those in need who are already living here and for those who want desperately to live here in freedom and security.
God has blessed this nation but He can easily take it all away and turn us away if we don’t heed His word, step out in faith, and BE like Christ.
“Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.” Hebrews 12:12