Should bringing Syrian refugees to the USA be a political issue or is it an issue Christians need to correct?
Our president has taken this oath: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of the President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
It is the constitution that provides and protects our liberties. Therefore, when the president protects it, he protects us and this is his sworn duty and his moral obligation.
Citizens have a moral obligation as well. Despite what Barack Obama has said to the contrary, I believe that we are a Christian nation and as such we have an obligation to others. We must, therefore, decide what our obligation is to the Syrian refugees.
Christ teaches us to love our enemies and pray for those who mistreat us. We are to show Christian compassion and to care for orphans and widows. We have an obligation to fellow Americans as well as to the Syrians, and particularly, the refugees.
Here is the question: Does our obligation to protect our home and neighbors outweigh our obligation to care for the homeless refugees? We know that with the refugees we are likely to allow terrorists to enter our country. Also, we have certainly not fulfilled our obligation to hundreds of thousands of our own who are homeless in the USA, so when liberal politicians use the Christian compassion argument, it does ring quite hollow.
As true Christians, however, we do not answer to liberal politicians. We must answer to our Creator God.
After much thought and prayer, my opinion, for what it is worth, is that the president has come down on the wrong side of the issue and that some Christians have as well.
Our president should attempt to end the reign of terror in Syria and the Middle East and to relocate the Syrians within their own homeland. This would be keeping his oath of office and helping Syrians at the same time. The issue would not have become a political issue and the nation would be behind him if he had acted when the first Christians there were beheaded.
Because he has not done this and will not do this, Christians should speak up at this time and volunteer to help these refugees. We must view them as who they are; people for whom Christ died. Reaching Syrians for Christ is the most effective way to end Jihad in Syria and reaching Muslims for Christ is the only way to actually end the crises in the Middle East. At this point, bringing them here may be the only answer, however, there is one other way to help. Samaritan’s Purse has been helping for some time. A gift to that organization can go a long way:
Since the days of the Exodus, people in the Middle East have often had to flee from tyrants. Today, ISIS death squads have driven thousands of Christians, Yazidis, and others into refugee camps or into Europe, where they face the likelihood that they will never return home. Your gift of $125 can help us provide a displaced family in the Middle East or elsewhere with a heater, food parcels, or other vital assistance. After all these refugees have lost, we want to help them find eternal hope in Jesus Christ and someday rejoice like the Israelites: “The Lord is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation” (Exodus 15:2).
Perhaps at Christmas this year, rather than buying gifts no one needs, we could all contribute to Syrian refugee relief.