CHRISTIANS ARE NOT AFRAID OF SYRIAN REFUGEES. At least most Christians, I’m guessing. I’m still waiting to see poll numbers on that.
So far the polls seem to gauge only Americans in general—more than half of whom seem terrified of Syrians. They are so terrified that they don’t want any of them resettling in the United States.
The fear is that some terrorists will probably slip in.
Of course, that’s probably right. Some terrorists will get here, one way or another, whether it’s the right way or the wrong way.
Here’s what I think some Christian students of history are thinking.
The United States with the rest of the planet stood by and watched while six million souls—mostly Jews—died in a Holocaust spawned by a sick dictator. We eventually stepped in.
Too darn late for the six million.
I suspect that some Christian students of history are making the connection, and realizing that we are doing it again.
We are watching while an estimated six million Syrians flee their bullet-ridden, barrel-bombed homes only to find a few who give a rat’s rear end.
The refugees come to us—to all of us living in peaceful zones throughout the world. They wait in huddled masses at the entrance to our walled cities, asking for shelter from the storm of bullets and blood.
Behold, they stand at the door and knock.
In Bible times, there were three groups of people that God seemed most concerned about. These were the people who were most at risk. They were the people God repeatedly pleaded with folks to help, to protect, and to fight for.
“Make sure that foreigners and orphans are treated fairly. And you must never take clothes from a widow as security” (Deuteronomy 24:17).
The hallmark of a good and godly soul isn’t fear.
The hallmark of a good and godly soul is compassionate love.
Jesus said it. “This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other” (John 13:35).
A head wrap for Lady Liberty
Beyond the matter of religion, I think there is a belief among many patriotic, tradition-minded American Christians that if we turn away the Syrian refugees we should place a huge bag over the head of the Statue of Liberty, turn off the torch, and close the monument.
To do otherwise would be hypocritical, it would seem to some.
The reason is engraved in bronze on the pedestal of the statue itself:
…A mighty woman with a torch…her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome…cries she
With silent lips. “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,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Then I turn it off.
Cause I don’t want no more.
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Free books for Christmas
I’ve got some fresh, giveaway copies of A Quick Guided Tour Through the Bible.
They are not for you. They are for someone you know.
If you’re reading this, you probably know what kind of easy-reading Bible background books I write. If you know of someone who might find this book helpful, but who wouldn’t be able to afford it or who probably wouldn’t bother buying a book like this, shoot me an email with their name and a sentence about why you’d like me to send them a free copy.
Once I get the list together, I’ll get back to you and ask for a mailing address.
I’ll send out as many free copies as I can, in time for Christmas. I’ve already sent out many.
No fair asking for freebie copies for yourself this time. Today we’re thinking of the other guy. Or gal.