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