Jesus said “I am come that you might have life, and have it more abundantly.” It is a deep christian value to preserve and fight for that right of “life” for EVERYONE. I have become deeply saddened to discover that so many christians are Pro-Birthers and not necessarily Pro-Lifers. It is evident in the overflow of orphanages and foster homes across the nation. It’s as if we feel like our duty is to make sure they are born and then we launch them into the world bidding them good luck. Now I’ll admit, growing up in a dormitory style orphanage is still better than being aborted, but it’s no place for christians to stop and celebrate. If we are truly Pro-Life then we will lose sleep over the orphan epidemic in our world and for those that argue that adoption is too expensive (and it is too expensive) I would remind you of all the other expensive things in our life that we found a way to get because we wanted it bad enough (ATV’s, vacations, lavish homes, luxury vehicles, that are way out of our budgets) Pro-Lifers could and should empty the foster care system.
Recently our church announced that we would reopen a Homeless Shelter in our town. Expensive? Yes! Complicated? Absolutely! But we are Pro-Lifers so we are going to fight for the life that hasn’t been born and the one that has.
Furthermore, perhaps the purpose of this entire blog. Refugee lives matter to God and therefore should matter to His followers. Despite your political loyalties the church has got to become vocal about this very issue or else we will send a hypocritical message to the world. You see we are saving babies (who could very well grow up to be a terrorist) and all the while joining in with an anti-imigrant approach to foreign policy. I have kids of my own, 3 in fact, and yes one of them is adopted but for the life of me I can’t remember which one. My point is I understand we must take precautions to protect our families, but to have a tone that would sound as if we have aligned ourselves with a hate mongering rhetoric is more than unsettling. I have sadly even heard some use the phrase “we should drop a bomb and let God sort them out” defensively referring to how God allowed business to be done in the Old Testament. Perhaps you need a reminder of that huge line that the death of Jesus drew between the old and new covenant to the degree that the wrath of God was satisfied in Him. Will God judge again? I believe wholeheartedly that He will, but this time every individual will give an account for their life. He will not be doing bulk judgements. And neither should we.
But isn’t it a risk to allow refugees into our borders?
I think we’ve talked about “risks” before haven’t we? Like when a doctor tells a girl that her pregnancy is growing complicated and there are RISKS if she carries the child. As a true Pro-Lifer I would advise this girl to not abort the baby. Why? Because the value of life is greater than risks. And that value system should exist in our views of every life, including the refugee. Can we take precautions? Absolutely. Should there be vetting? Yes. But we cannot turn our backs on people that are so desperate to escape the nightmares they are living in that they will load up children on makeshift rafts because they consider the unknown dangers ahead of them to be better than the dangers of their present world. I just pray that as Pro-Lifers our hearts would break for what breaks His. I am a Republican, but my loyalties do not lie with a party, my loyalties are to my King, and he’s not up for re-election anytime soon. I think we have such a heartless approach to this issue because w e never personify the pictures of foreigners that we see. We only see them as a potential Islamic extremist when we should see them as people, souls. That kid, lying face down in the sand after his lifeless body had washed ashore, well that kid was once surrounded by family one day that all cheered for him as he took his first steps. That dark skinned man in the meme you shared, he’s a dad just like you and feels the same anxiety about his future that you do when coal jobs are being threatened. They are individuals, they are people, as a church they are our target market. Two commands Jesus said we had better be passionate about, Love God, Love people. Where do we go from here? Or what should we do? I don’t know. But we can’t be hypocrites when it comes to being Pro-Life.
“And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.” Deut. 10:19
“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” Heb. 13:2
I pray that no angels were detained today.