There has been a lot of discussion (/hysteria) about the so-called “Muslim ban” that Trump enacted over the weekend.
Despite the fact that it is not a ban, but simply an additional 90 day vetting period for all migrants from seven Middle Eastern countries known to harbor terrorists, and it is not applicable to all Muslims globally but only migrants from these countries, it has a lot of people very upset and screaming bigotry and racism.
In addition to this, Christians and non-Christians alike are trying to fall back on instructions from Christ as a reason why Christians shouldn’t support the “ban”. A lot of people feel indignant that any Christian would advocate for “turning away” refugees whose homes have been destroyed and are in need of shelter.
I would agree that we as Christians (not the United States as our government does not, nor has it ever, claimed to get it’s laws from Biblical morality) should be clothing and sheltering as many people as we can, for the people who are using this verbiage to denounce the new executive order, I ask: are you taking in homeless people off the street? Drug addicts? Foster children? Pregnant women on their way to abort their babies? How about the immigrants and refugees who are already in the United States?
We have plenty of people here in our own country who are in desperate need of help, and if we’re going to apply the Biblical language of radical help for the poor to the migrant and refugee crisis in Europe, let’s apply it here at home as well.
Maybe before you accuse others of being un-Christian for their support of a reasonable and sensible secular security measure enacted by a secular government, you can take a look in the mirror and realize that you’re not opening up your home to every person in need right in your own community, so perhaps it’s a bit drastic to hold the entire country to this standard, especially when we already do take in more immigrants than any other nation on earth.
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