The Lord protects the strangers;
He supports the fatherless and the widow,
But He thwarts the way of the wicked.
As those in the political arena continue to go to battle over whether or not our country should accept Syrian refugees with open arms, I am comforted by this verse from Psalm 146.
Regardless of who triumphs, God is watching over His refugees and He is comforting the widows and the orphans. He will provide the wisdom on how we should contribute.
The terror attack in San Bernardino just reinforced my belief that we can not just open our borders to anyone and everyone. Yes, we are historically a country comprised of immigrants, but unfortunately the terror attacks on our country beginning with 9/11 have given us cause to change how we approach this standard.
Does me feeling this way mean I am giant hypocrite as a Christian? Absolutely not. I want to help. I want our country to provide aide and military support. But my idea of help, and others ideas of help may look radically different. Does that make either of us “less” Christian? No. The only part of my salvation that has to do with me is the fact that I accepted the gift before me. And even then, it was only by God’s grace that the gift was within reach. There are no degrees of Christianity. There is only saved and unsaved.
If our leaders decide to reject the overwhelming opinion of the nation and bring refugees here, I take comfort in the final line of this verse. God will bring the way of the wicked to ruin. Regardless if terrorists infiltrate our borders, I take comfort in knowing that God is my Protector. He is in control and His will triumphs regardless of us mere humans thinking we are in control.
Regardless of where your opinion falls in the political realm, as Christians we need to make sure that our beliefs are shown as lovingly and peacefully as possible. We can disagree and still love those who do not feel the same as we do. We definitely shouldn’t be throwing accusations out about people’s salvation or questioning their love for the Lord. And we should adamantly defend our brothers & sisters in Christ even if they disagree with us when people outside the Church (and within in) attack their faith. We need to be focused on being unified and solving the problem at hand.
I do not believe there is a catch all solution to the turmoil in the Middle East. I do believe the only solution to dealing with radical terrorists is to be on the offensive. Thank the Lord that we live in a country that has the military ability to do just that. In the mean time, we need to be praying and seeking wisdom. Then we need to act however God leads us to.
I was really inspired by a short bit I heard from Glenn Beck about the Nazerene Fund and what a private group of Christians are doing for their brothers & sisters who are refugees. It was completely inspiring. You should check into it if you are looking for an organization to donate to. Their mission is what America is about. Individuals coming together as a powerful force to create change. Change that improves the world. Change that can happen without forcing their beliefs down anyone else’s throats.
Please, join me in praying for our country today. I pray this verse from Psalm 146 brings you some comfort during such troublesome times.
All need grace and all is grace, friends.