Immigration… and no conversation

So there is this immigration thing going on…

And the wild response among Christians. 

The party lines are drawn and we can’t seem to get past certain points for fear of crossing some sort of unwritten loyalties.

The very worst I’ve seen, though, is in a Facebook thread where a Christian literally wrote “the Bible commands us to hate our enemies.”

Regardless of where you land on the latest frustrations over immigration, refugees, etc., let me remind you the words of Jesus:

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matt. 5:43-48, NIV)

We need to understand while we may disagree over what to do with refugees, we need to understand how to stay in bounds of Scripture if this is a discussion between believers.

While we are supposed to be different from this world… we certainly aren’t living that out right now.


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