|FRC president Tony Perkins|
That's an uncomfortable reality, even for the church. There seems to be a growing chorus of Christians who justify these open-door policies on immigration or asylum with the Bible's command to "love the stranger." I agree, we should love the stranger -- but that doesn't mean we have to do so at the expense of our own security. The president's chief responsibility is to protect Americans from all enemies, foreign and domestic. It's our job then, as individuals, to show love and compassion. And there are plenty of charitable solutions for refugees that don't involve bringing them to America, unchecked and unaccountable. One option would be to make their homelands safe while we offer as much humanitarian relief as possible.
Our nation can be caring and benevolent without unnecessarily endangering our own people. What many forget is that in Scripture, loving the stranger is just one component. God also commands these foreigners to assimilate and keep the laws of the land. As Exodus 12:49 makes clear: "There shall be one law for the native and for the stranger who sojourns among you." The United States' goal should be a safe haven for everyone. And that means protecting the refugees' shelter abroad without sacrificing ours at home.
The statement sounds reasonable except for the fact that it is predicated on the unverified belief that one of the perpetrators of the attack in Paris posed as a Syrian refugee.
But according to Think Progress:
The majority of attackers were identified as French or Belgian nationals. An Egyptian passport was also found, but the Egyptian Ambassador to France said it belonged to a critically wounded victim and not a perpetrator. The Syrian passport caused a ruckus, with some politicians in Europe and the U.S. calling for a halt to Syrian refugee resettlement. An increasing number of state governors are trying to defund the settlement program. American officials told CBS News that the passport might be fake, while British-daily the Independent reported that a man was arrested in Serbia while carrying a Syrian passport with matching details to the one found in Paris.
We all know that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attacks but again, the passport claim has not been verified as a complete fact.
It's sad that an organization like the Family Research Council, which poses as the moral guardian of America, doesn't even want to throw out a measured voice of reason, but instead appeal to the hysteria. If anything, the organization is symbolic of the vile duplicity of some (but not all) on the evangelical right . At various times this year,several religious right figures and GOP politicians have claimed that they are proud of their Christian faith or that America is a Christian nation. And they have said this to auditoriums filled with sycophants who ate up their every word with a heavy dose of self-righteousness on the side.
But now, when it comes time for these folks to put up or shut up, to demonstrate their Christian faith in the face of such tragedy and awful backlash, they rush to the side of the rabid mob, shoving their way to the front in some cases. They are literally pole vaulting over each other in publicly abandoning those who need them most.
These are some of the same folks which claim that God is testing America over the argument of same-sex marriage or God is going to condemn American for same-sex marriage.
I tend to think THIS moment right here, right now is the test. In the face of fear, when it is so easy to take the side of the coward, I have to ask these evangelicals and so-called Christian politicians, who are abandoning their bravado, just where is their faith? Where is their courage? Where is their God who is supposedly on their side when they condemn lgbts or attack women for wanting control of their own bodies? Is He scared of ISIS, too?
Or have you been misrepresenting yourselves all of this time?
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ - Matthew 25: 35-40
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. - Psalms 23:4