Recently, there has been a lot of discussion about the Syrian refugees and Governors that have decided not to let them relocate to their states. My Facebook feed has been pretty even between people supporting the decision and people decrying the choice.
Many of my Christian friends have said what a horrible thing this is because we aren’t treating these people with Christlike love. This is a statement I can understand but not totally get behind. It seems that we’ve lost the understanding that Biblically governments and individuals have different roles. It is most certainly our role as individuals to love our neighbors as ourselves whether they’re near us or far away.
But it’s the government’s job to look out for it’s people. We don’t have the intel the government has nor do we have the same responsibilities. The second some attack happens the vast majority of people will blame the government for not protecting us. We can’t have our cake and eat it too!
On this same topic, I find it interesting how many want our government to act like a good Christian nation…when it suits their needs. How many of these people calling for letting these refugees in their back yards use the idea of Christ’s love but when it comes to abortion they run in the opposite direction? How many want us to act like Christ as a country but nevermind about that whole husband and wife thing?
It seems to me many of the problems we have as Christians is that we’ve not spent enough time reading the Bible to actually see what it says. We haven’t learned what it looks like to live out our faith Biblically in a consistent way. We shouldn’t just jump on the lastest “love” bandwagon and ride it to moralistic therapeutic deism! Being a follower of Christ requires hard work, study, and standing in unpopular places.
I’ll leave you with this most excellent quote from the brilliant C. S. Lewis