While I really don’t want to be writing this blog (mostly because of all the flack I’m going to get from people who say I’m being un-American) I feel like I have a responsibility to write it. After all, my views on the refugee crisis have changed greatly in the past couple months and looking back, I’m pretty embarrassed.
Most of my disagreement with Trump and his immigration policies stem from the idea that we should always keep the American public first. While this sounds like a nice plan, it’s simply not biblical, at least from the passages I have read.
My first thought goes to Philippians 2:3 in which Paul tells the people to “do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourself.” To me it is pretty clear from this verse that an “America first mindset” simply doesn’t match up with the Bible.
Let’s be clear. Those that are seeking refuge in the hands of the United States do not want to come to our country, they want to live safely in their own. They do not want to come take our jobs, they want to help their kids live long enough to have jobs. They do not want to be generalized and seen as terrorists, the want to be seen as humans.
We can all relate.
Paul goes on to say that the mindset of Jesus was one of a humility and love and He emptied Himself and took on the form of servant. Jesus saw us as people who needed refuge and He knew that He had to suffer (and even die) to make that possible.
The Christian has to align ourselves with this humble mindset and realize that we are called to look like Jesus in this situation.
We have all needed rest at some point in our life and Jesus has come through for us. It’s time that we repay the favor and offer rest to others; even if they aren’t of the same religion as us.
Yes, allowing refugees into our country could get messy. But love is always messy at some point or another. For Jesus love meant getting so messy that He was hung naked on a cross so that you and I could have life. Our allegiance to Jesus , not America, must drive our actions every day, in every situation. “Love your neighbors as yourself.” Even the ones from a country that is not your own.
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