I need to talk about a very controversial topic here. I have an opinion that many may not like, but I really need to get it out.
I have to admit, at first I didn’t understand why we needed to take the Syrian refugees into our country. I knew they were fleeing from the same evil we’re trying to keep out, but my main thought was “if the evil hides with them, where are we supposed to flee?”. It was selfish. It was like I (along with a lot of other Christians) have forgotten that we were told to feed the hungry and clothe the naked.
Jesus said in Matthew 25, “36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ “
So here’s what I’m struggling with… Everyone seems to be using the excuse, “what about OUR homeless? What about OUR orphans? Why do refugees get help now when we have our own people to feed and clothe?” My question to those people is, why do you only care now? What were you doing before to help them? Did you invite them into your warm house and let them have coffee with you on a day there was a blizzard? Yes, that is where we need to start; more than enough of us have failed miserably in doing so. So start there and accept that we can’t change what is. As much as some of us don’t agree with the new leader or the decisions he’s making, the truth is that it is here and now. All we can do is trust in God that He has a plan in all of this. We can pray, we can love our neighbours, and we can even go a little further and show God’s love to those that have no home whether they be from our country or Syria. Whatever happens to our country and our world is in GOD’S hands. We need to stop trying to take it into our own and trust that above all He reigns, and is in complete control. Not only that, but He is with us every step of the way! Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
This Facebook war needs to stop. If we turn against each other (friends and family!) how are we to support and love one another if the evil truly does come? We all have very strong opinions and I’m sure they’re all there with good intentions. Many of us do wish we could change what is. However, we can’t, but we can change our attitudes about it. Trust God, lean on Him always. We do not need to understand His ways, except know that He has us in His hands. This war is not ours to fight.
Please feel free to leave comments, I would love to connect with you on this subject.