The debate on whether or not we, as a nation, should allow Syrian Refugees in our country right now is such a hot topic. I’ve seen people get so heated talking about it. After much thought, and hearing people out, I have a thought to share.
First off, I’ve seen people on each far side of the discussion. One says we shouldn’t let any potential threats in our states. It may be good for us to just go ahead and bomb them all. Another says we should be welcoming and hospitable to show we love everyone without partiality. I’ve even seen someone say they would go as far as letting a terrorist live in their house!
I, for one, have many thoughts and questions for people on both sides. After listening to these rebuttals, it seems like we all need to do some more research. The more I talk about it with believers and unbelievers alike, everyone tries to use the Bible and other sources to defend themselves, making good points. It’s certainly not a black-and-white topic.
Frankly, I’m here to say, I don’t know what to do. I don’t possess the wisdom or experience to say who specifically should live here in America and who shouldn’t.
My main point here is to say something else—God is not against borders.
Recently, I’ve been trying to understand more about the sovereignty of God, and while reading Exodus, I came across something rich in relation to talks about refugees.
And I will set your border from the Red Sea to the Sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness to the Euphrates, for I will give the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you shall drive them out before you. You shall make no covenant with them and their gods. They shall not dwell in your land, lest they make you sin against me; for if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you. (Exodus 23:31-33)
For I will cast out nations before you and enlarge your borders; no one shall covet your land, when you go up to appear before the LORD your God three times in the year. (Exodus 34:24)
What I want is a secure border. I want those who’ve been trying to get here legally, here. How can we increase our nation’s border security? This is way more important to me than wasting time debating whether or not a certain individual should be able to come in. I don’t possess that authority or the wisdom to do that.
I am all for legal citizenship. We are a country of laws. If we ignore the laws we have to be a real citizen here, we become unjust in those dealings. If we begin to ignore the laws we have, we cease being a nation.
If the sojourner knocks on my door asking for help, I desire to help! No one in their right mind is against this. But what I am not for is Aiding and Abetting/Accessory. I certainly wouldn’t support an active terrorist living in my house, even though I am hopeful for Paul-like conversions in the end.
Already, you may have 384,682 things to say to me.
Rest assured, God did establish a border for his people, Israel.
If a border is wrong, it seems to me it would be like saying that what God did for Israel was wrong. Now, what the border looks like, and why it’s there could be wisely debated well. But it stands, God established a border.
I am praying that God provides America with a reliable border too—one that brings people in legally, justly, lawfully.
You’re probably more aware than I am on the recent San Bernardino shooting. What I mostly know is that it had ties to terrorists. They got into the country by using a fiancé visa to slip through our national security. This is something we must fix so that it doesn’t happen again.
I pray that God guides us, especially me, to be both wise and loving to our own nation and the surrounding ones. I don’t possess the authority or enough understanding to say what exactly we should do to execute things perfectly. But what I do know is that God set up a border for his people, for their good and security.
I believe that’s what we should do to take a step at least.