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Are We a Christian Nation? Not When It Comes to Refugees

Updated on July 4, 2018

I usually watch from the sidelines and figure that everything will work itself out...but it's not happening that way.

With a President who continuously uses social media and mainstream media to proliferate his speeches of hate and elitism, many people think it's okay to act any way they want because they view the same rhetoric coming out of their mouths as "patriotic".

It's funny how patriotic got to be synonymous for being an asshole.

Every single day there's another person on the news that thinks it's acceptable to verbally or physically attack another person because of assumptions that they've made about that person on nothing more than how they look or how they talk. I hate to break it to the ignorant out there, but there are multi-generational Americans who speak more than one language and they were BORN here, and so were their parents and grandparents (in case those same ignorant people don't realize what "multi-generational" means--because I want to be clear).

We are all born by chance. Each one of us could have just as easily been born another race or in another country. It's just luck that got us in the United States and we've reaped the benefits of this universal act of kismet (again, kismet just means luck, for those people that have no idea).

I guess the thing that gets me the most is that we, and our President, hide behind Christianity at the drop of a hat but when it comes down to doing the "Christian thing" we fall so very short.

Thinking about Jesus and his life, we must realize that he helped anyone and everyone. He went to the poor, the diseased, the shunned--he sought out the people on the outskirts of society and those are the ones he helped. Christians are supposed to be striving to live like Jesus, so where are these conservative Christians today? They are hiding behind their bibles in the effort to stop abortion, favor the death penalty, fight against assisted suicide and let people starve and be murdered in their own countries without once taking what's in that bible and practicing it!

I know this is hard for many people to swallow, but here it goes--you can't back all of these and still be a conservative Christian who supports "pro-life". It just doesn't make sense.

"Pro-life" doesn't mean just little white babies that are in the stomachs of free white women in the United States. Pro-life means EVERY SINGLE LIFE is precious--not just in the womb, but at every stage of life. No matter the color...the country...the stage of life...or the circumstances. If you are pro-life then stand up and be proud of that, but keep in mind that you can't pick and choose.

I've done a lot of research and found it especially fascinating that the American Indians (pre-invasion by the "white men") have a lot of similarities in their religious teachings to those found in the bible. EXCEPT theirs are much plainer in words--making them easier to understand and less likely to be used in ways that they weren't intended.

So in this time where we are wanting to refuse refugees from coming to our country (blatantly ignoring a wonderful quote on our own Statue of Liberty that talks about taking in refugees) here are some of the spiritual teachings of the Native Americans that should solve it for you in your conscience:

  • Do not judge your neighbor until you walk two moons in his moccasins. --Cheyenne
  • Sharing and giving are the ways of the Great Spirit. --Sauk
  • With all things and in all things, we are relatives. --Sioux
  • All of Creation is related. And the hurt of one is the hurt of all. -- Lakota
  • Treat all men alike. Give them all the same law. Give them all an even chance to live and grow. All men were made by the same Great Spirit Chief.--Nez Perce

(If you don't want to take these Native American beliefs to heart, there's plenty in the Bible about the same things--i.e. do unto others as you would have them do unto you, give it and it will be given to you, you reap what you sow, anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none and anyone who has food should do the same, in humility value others above yourselves--not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others, love one another as I have loved you, etc.)

We need to take in people who are coming from countries where they are being slaughtered by either their own government officials or by vigilante groups--as Christians we have a duty to protect those people. We can do this and still do it smartly and with utmost care in determining their truth but we should not be continuing to torture them and their families as they go through that process. Being inhumane to other people as a way to try and deter them from coming to us for sanctuary is cruel...and plainly not Christian.

As a Christian I know you are going to pray about this--but don't forget what God said about prayer alone:

  • What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?--James 2:14-17
  • For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.--James 2:26
  • Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.--Matthew 7:20
  • “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.--Matthew 7:21
  • “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, ...--Matthew 25:31-37

(If you find this article interesting, or even if you find it offensive and misguided, please share the link to it on your social media--we all have a duty to right the wrong and I don't want to have any regrets about just standing still on the sidelines. Thanks.)




© 2018 Kristie Smith

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      Sanxuary 

      3 months ago

      Racismn is the biggest supporter of the policies being made. Its not about solving a problem but supporting a base that makes this agenda more important then the truth. If I can be a racist and you make me a happy racist then I will ignore the facts of collussion with russia, monetary crimes, corruption and even every daily lie that is told regardless of what it will ever do to improve my daily life. It improves nothing and offers no good results but that agenda is more important then their own lives getting better. Hitler needed an enemy and he picked the Jews. He convinced others to destroy them. Then he decided anyone who disagreed with his plans was the enemy and he could destroy them. With true fear of being destroyed who would oppose him. The plan has failed because we are a nation of immigrants and they picked way to many people to be the enemy. We live in a Democracy and that means we all have liberty. We have to realize if anyone loses their liberty that ours can be threatened tomarrow. There are lots of things I disagree with in our Democracy but that is the price of Democracy. When we no longer want Democracy we elect Autocrats and dictators but you have to worry about what side you our on. Support Democracy not politics or agendas. Ask the right quetions and look for the best answers and demand real plans to solve real problems. Most of all support what betters your own life. I could not answer what has the Republican party done to improve the average persons life in the last 20 years? The Democrats had health care that no one can afford not even the government when its marked up 2;000 percent; but atleast they tried while the Republicans have done everything possible to make it fail. There are a lot of examples but thats my point. Do whats best for everyone and try the middle of the road if thats all you can get but be a problem solver and not the problem. Your original topic was Cristain values and I always ask myself what does heaven or God want to see me do first. Earth is temporary and I will die and so the price will be paid at some point. Why would I care what color or race or where they are from in deciding my compassion for other people? Why would I not practice what I believe in following Gods word in how I recognize evil, or deny the truth? God never forgets anything and he will not forget how you treated anyone.

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      Brad Masters 

      3 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Sanxuary

      "Racism" really, how do you figure that?

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      Sanxuary 

      3 months ago

      Regardless of how one feels about immigrants one should want a real solution to a problem and not a hate program as an answer. If any Christain believes in the current state of affairs as a Godly value they are not practicing what they believe. Their is no wisdom, intelligence, common sense or compassion in the current plans being used. Their is absolutely no christain values in racisim. I always ask racist if they believe in global warming and they never do. I hope they are right because if global warming is true we are all going to be black or brown in the future.

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      Mr. Happy 

      3 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      "Each one of us could have just as easily been born another race or in another country." - Yes, it was not pleasent to be born and raised in a dictatorship, as I have. I keep that in mind as well, now that all that is in the past. There are a lot of people in the same situation that I was born in and much worse, in many cases so, I tend to be a little more caring for those who are trying to escape hunger, violence, oppression and migrate illegaly to other countries.

      "where are these conservative Christians today?" - Most of them are selfish and selfish people will use anything to their favor, including Holy Books. The rest are misguided, or blinded by nationalism/ego and then, there are indeed some Christians who do amazing work in helping others. It is sad that the pedophile priests and misguided Christians are spoiling the real meaning of the Bible, which is supposed to be: Love.

      Very good article and an important discussion to have, in my opinion.

      May Wakan Tanka guide your path.

      Mitakuye Oyasin

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      Brad Masters 

      3 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Charity begins at home, and we have a serious homeless problem in the US, and especially here in CA.

      Why don't you care about the poor, oppressed, jobless and homeless in the US?

      What is Christian about not taking care of your own, and going instead outside the country?

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