Before I begin, please allow me to shed a bit of light onto my family history so you have some insight as to why I’m very passionate about the refugee issue and crisis.
It was after World War II my dad, uncles and grandmother immigrated to the United States. My family, on my dad’s side, is from Austria. They are immigrants that fled a country that had been decimated by war. A country in which there were no jobs, there was very little food and assistance for the impoverished was slow on arrival. It is a fact they arrived not knowing English and with nothing but the clothes they wore along with what they carried in a couple of card board suite cases. You heard me, card board suite cases. I know fact because that’s where my family kept our Christmas ornaments and every year as we celebrated Christmas we also would listen as my dad shared his story of immigrating to the United States of America.
I’m the son of an immigrant, a first generation American on my dad’s side. A fact that I’m very proud of. Why? Because I have listened to my dad and heard how difficult it was for him to learn English, but he did. He’s shared how hard he had to work just to make ends meet, but he worked hard and did it. The only reason my grandmother brought her family here is so that her sons would have a greater opportunity to make a better life for themselves, and every single one of them has do so. Not because the government gave them anything, but because they worked for every single dime they have today. It’s for this reason I’m proud to be a first generation American.
The United States of America is a wonderful country. It’s the only nation under the sun that as long as you have a dream and are willing to work for it, you can obtain it. And while I’m a first generation American it breaks my heart that our government has taken something like U.S. Citizenship, that was at one point in time held as precious, and has completely perverted it for personal and political gain.
The United States of America has always been a Christian nation. While some may choose to dispute this fact please refer to my last blog post titled ‘America Is A Christian Nation’.
As a Christian nation our laws and government were created through laws and teachings written within the Bible. In the scriptures we are told in Exodus 22:21, “You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”
In Leviticus 19:34 again Moses writes, “The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt; I am the LORD your God.”
And in Deuteronomy 10:19 we are instructed, “So show your love for the alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.”
The problem with all of the above is this, the United States of America is a nation that was created for the people and by the people. In Romans 13:7 Paul writes, “Give to everyone what you owe them: Pay your taxes and government fees to those who collect them, and give respect and honor to those who are in authority.” So as a nation that was created for the people and by the people it would only be rational that WE THE PEOPLE are the representative authorities of this nation. Unfortunately, our current president has perverted the authority of the office of president and with that created an unfair, prejudice and biased process that is truly helping to do nothing except further his own personal agenda.
There are thousands of Christian refugees fleeing persecution as we speak. Not only from Syria but from all over the Middle East. Refuge Crisis Article
What’s so amazing to me is President Obama, who is African American and says he stands against prejudice and injustice against minorities has actually turned his back on one of the greatest minority holocausts in history. By refusing the sanctuary of Middle Eastern Christian refugees and instead preferring to allow Muslim refugees ahead of them our president is in fact going against everything he says he stands for. In essence he is a bigot.
I understand that’s a strong word to use, however what do you call someone who chooses one person over another because of their religious beliefs? The definition of bigot is “a person who is intolerant toward those holding different opinions.”
Our president has shown his intolerance by allowing one group over another when it is within his power to create a fair and unbiased process. The solution is so simple however it doesn’t fit within the presidents personal beliefs or strategy.
All that needs to be done is allow an equal number of Christian refugees into this country as Muslim. The next item that needs to take place is to give priority to families with CHILDREN. Families with children should be allowed asylum ahead of single men and women. Everyone in the refugee crisis who is fleeing for their lives is a victim, however we all know it’s the children who suffer the most. They have no choice in whether they flee their homeland and whether they choose to seek asylum in one country over another. Families with children should be given preference among fleeing Christian and Muslim families.
The problem with my solution is it’s too practical and too fair for our president. He has his agenda and his ideology and no one will ever cause him to change his course of action. No one outside of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and who is the Only Living God.
I know this is far and away a more political blog than I usually post, however as a first generation American I know the pride my dad felt when he became a citizen. I know how hard he worked and the sacrifices he has made for his family. Becoming an American citizen needs to once again mean something and it should also be a fair and impartial process. In the end as followers of the Messiah in Ephesians 5:11 we are told, “Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them;”
The unfruitful deed that needs to be exposed in this case is the fact that someone who says they stand for minority injustice is actually perpetrating injustice against a minority class of Christian refugees.
We must pray. We must read God’s word and know what’s our Heavenly Father’s will, and we must speak out when we see injustice taking place. That’s what I’ve chosen to do here by publishing this blog. Please join me in praying for all our brothers and sisters in Christ who are being persecuted. Also, please join and support organizations who are providing aid to those in need. That way, even though our president may not show compassion, we can show the families of the Messiah we do care and love them.
And as for the presidents policy. Let us receive the Muslim refugees with unbiased love so they may also see the love of the Messiah within us.
In the end, there is no reason to argue about the Syrian refugee crisis. There is no reason to fear or be afraid. 2 Timothy 1:7 reads, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” No matter what occurs as a result of the decisions of our president, we know who is in ultimate control. It is our Abba. Our Heavenly Father. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob along with His Only Son, Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus the Messiah, who will be forever praised by every nation, tribe and tongue.