So I’ve been considering writing a detailed blog post about my thoughts about the whole refugee thing and then I thought about making it a Facebook status but I realized that I am writing these blogs so my kids have documentation about the things I think about, so blog post it is. Now, if you aren’t a Christian… just move on. This isn’t really for you.
I have read both sides, I read all the stuff (or try to) that my liberal friends post and that my conservative friends post and my mind is spinning most of the time because have you truly done this??? Both sides can take the exact same story and it doesn’t even seem to have any of the same details by the end. Until the media can gather facts without a spin, I will read them but I will take it with a grain of salt. All of it.
On another note, I am also kind of tired of reading posts about Christians and which ones are more Christ-like than others… BLEK! THAT in itself is not “Christ-like.” So Stop it. Just because you are convicted to open your arms wide open does not mean that your brothers or sisters in Christ don’t have their own convictions – ones that, dare I say, Christ might have burdened their hearts with? I actually think compassion is the easy part of this all. I hope my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ feel a GREAT DEAL of compassion for these refugees and ANYONE that is displaced or threatened.
I think wisdom may be the thing that is harder to find in all of this. So if your brother or sister in Christ is cautious, maybe you should listen, maybe you have the gift of compassion but they have the gift of wisdom – remember we are part of one body and that whole, “I’m not part of the body cause I’m a foot and not a hand thing?” (It’s in 1 Corinthians 12 if you want to read it again) Our mission is to make disciples of all nations and yes, we are not to fear… I get it. But I can’t help but think, Jesus sweat blood at one point, do you remember that? And it wasn’t cause he was ready to joyfully embrace what was happening at that moment. He was Jesus and He was anxious. So do not mock or discredit the fears of your fellow brothers or sisters because they don’t actually have the same fearless abandonment that you display.
I am in awe of those that continue to post and write and speak that they are ready to die, because if they are brutally murdered they did it because they were a servant, just like Jesus would want them to be – just like it’s no big deal. If that is truly your heart well then good for you because you have been gifted in an area not even our Savior was. I also am not on the train with those that are absolutely not wanting to help these refugees in their distress! I would actually prefer we remain One in Christ and act like it. My personal opinion would be we should pay attention to the whole body. Our politicians were put into place, voted into place, to convey our wishes. They are here to help protect us. Now, if some of the them have cause for alarm – from both parties, this is not a one party deal if you are really paying attention – then I say we pause for just a second and think about that. I do not in any way, shape or form believe we shouldn’t help those that need our help. But we need wisdom as to the best method so that we remain a place that can help those that need to seek shelter and refuge. It is also my personal opinion that we wipe out ISIS completely so we can just stop this whole conversation and then safely and joyfully help one another.
Kids, this is considered a late night rant by your mother. Now, won’t this be embarrassing when I look back at this, Lord willing, in 20 years. 😉